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The Caldecott Medal: Danger to Society?

This is a tongue-in-cheek report.

Can you believe these Caldecott-winning books? Endangering the youth of America, I say! I have evidence to prove it. How can you condone books that are teaching children to…

They Were Strong and Good

…engage in beekeeping without a head net…

Make Way for Ducklings

…ride a bike without a helmet…

The Rooster Crows

…maintain questionable firearm safety…

The Rooster Crows

…eat off of a knife…

The Little Island

…boat without a life jacket (I think)…

White Snow, Bright Snow

…eat unsanitary snowflakes…

Finders Keepers

…ignore leash laws…

The Biggest Bear

…hug bears…

Madeline’s Rescue

…jump off bridges…

A Tree is Nice

…burn leaves without a permit…

Time of Wonder

…this just looks dangerous…

Drummer Hoff

…stand in front of cannons and yell “Fire!”…

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

…imbibe…

Duffy and the Devil

…engage in public nudity…

Ox-Cart Man

…kiss oxen…

The Glorious Flight

…fly in a plane with little to no safety measures…

Mirette on the High Wire

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

…tightrope walk without a net…

The Lion & the Mouse

…trap lions illegally…

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

…encourage wild animals to ride public transportation…

Wonderful picture books, or a scourge to our society? What say you?

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Great pictures, but did you have a permit to post these?

  2. Guess one could say ‘those were the days!’ Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  3. LOVE this! Thanks for the laugh!

  4. Very witty and clever!

  5. TOTES scourge. I’m telling.

  6. Most awesome, but where was the picture from the first Caldecott of Eve and her bare nipples in close proximity to those venomous teeth?

  7. Fantastic! Picture books for Free Range Kids!

  8. What book is the beekeeping picture from? (And don’t forget to mention that there is a public display of religious belief in that one, too!)