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Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books
Heidi K. Hammond
Gail D. Nordstrom
published by
Rowman & Littlefield
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About the Book
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations is a practical and easy-to-use reference handbook explaining what makes the art in Caldecott Medal and Honor books distinguished. It is a useful manual for librarians, teachers, and others who want to better understand picture book illustration. This book includes many useful components:
Short entries about fifty-six books
Information on styles and media
Artistic analysis of the illustrations
Appendixes on selected sources for further reading, Randolph Caldecott Medal terms and criteria, bibliography of entries, and a list of Caldecott winners
Glossary of art terms
Indexes of author-illustrator-title, media, and style
This book, used as a handbook in conjunction with Caldecott Award books, provides readers with ready-to-use information they can share with children and others, while helping to build confidence in one's ability to talk about art in all picture books.
Read the entry from the book for The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Endorsements
“Anyone who has ever wondered what the Caldecott Committee talks about when behind closed doors will want to read Hammond and Nordstrom's fascinating work. This is a valuable collection of analysis and appreciation of many favorite books, and the glossary of art terms is a bonus. A valuable reference.”
“Give yourself a crash course in Caldecott award winning art. Practical and critical, pair this informative companion with copies of the books for a thorough look at what may have earned the title that shiny sticker on the cover.”
“An invaluable resource, not only for adults working with children, but for writers and illustrators as well. Hammond and Nordstrom provide remarkable insight into the craft and magic of picture book making. I found even more to love about my favorite Caldecott winners and a greater appreciation for those I may have underestimated.”
“Many people have grappled with the question of what truly makes a "distinguished" picture book. Heidi and Gail have merely cracked the code for you, providing insights into the great Caldecott winners that you will find nowhere else.”
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books is a treasure trove for picture book lovers! Hammond and Nordstrom share clear and perceptive analysis of these award-winning titles, as well as delightful nuggets about how these illustrators think and work. Their thorough research provides rich insights that will strengthen and deepen connections between this literature and the children you share it with.”
“There's so much wonderful insight into the art and craft of creating picture books. Also, it's so refreshing to have a resource that includes Caldecott Honor books (not just the Medal books). ”
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