Summer’s here, which means families with kids across the southland are in summer break mode (even if yours aren’t quite school-age yet). Let your kids travel to new worlds and meet new people between the covers of some first-rate children’s literature! One of the best ways to put together a top-notch book list for the littlest ones in your family is, of course, to ask for recommendations from a librarian. Even better, get recommendations from a whole bunch of librarians by checking out the work of current and past winners of the Caldecott Medal.
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the most distinguished illustrated children’s book published that year. The exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats—on view at the Skirball through September 7—afforded us the wonderful opportunity to highlight one of the recipients of this special award (The Snowy Day received the medal in 1963).
Here are a few Caldecott honorees we chose to feature in Audrey’s Museum Store along with all of Keats’s in-print books:
With amazingly detailed pictures, Spier tells the Noah story with almost no words. Perfect for a family who wants to create their own take on this classic story.
Each page spread features an original short fable with a facing illustration of the key story moment. Animal antics poke fun at oh-so-human foibles that even the young ones will recognize.
Pure pictorial pleasure: the tale of Flora and a flamingo and how they learn, as unlikely friends, to dance in perfect harmony.
Told in the voice of a little girl, this book captures the magical bond of grandchildren and grandparents. Their house is a special place of discovery and imagination.
On the advice of store director Pam Balton’s granddaughter, we offer this inventive picture book, the story of what can go wrong when we can’t find the words to make ourselves understood. Or in Trixie’s case, the frustration of a toddler who knows far more than she can articulate.