2014 Books from Caldecott Winners
As evidenced by David Wiesner picking up his third Caldecott Honor in January (joining his three Caldecott Medals), previous winners often pop up and win again. With that in mind, here are the 2014 releases from illustrators who have won Caldecott Medals or Honors. If there are any I missed, let’s hear it in the comments.
Note: Because of the theme of this post, I excluded books that weren’t Caldecott-eligible (so no reissues, chapter books, etc.)
I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein (August 5, 2014)
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís (May 27, 2014)
Peter Sís has won three Caldecott Honors (most recently for The Wall in 2008). This next book is a biography of The Little Prince author
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle (September 30, 2014)
It’s the sequel to 2014 Caldecott Honor Flora and the Flamingo. Word is this book sports more lift-the-flap storytelling.
Camp Rex by Molly Idle (April 22, 2014)
A second 2014 sequel from Idle.
Quest by Aaron Becker (August 26, 2014)
Another 2014 Caldecott sequel! This one follows Becker’s debut, Journey.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen (October 14, 2014)
The team that brought us Caldecott Honor Extra Yarn returns with this book about, well, digging holes.
Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (August 12, 2014)
Seeger is a two time honor winner (First the Egg, Green). Here she returns with an addition to her Dog and Bear series.
Give and Take by Chris Raschka (August 26, 2014)
2014 is a busy year for two time Medal (The Hello Goodbye Window, A Ball for Daisy) and one time Honor (Yo! Yes?) winner Raschka, including this book about a farmer who learns a thing or two about greed.
The Everlasting Embrace by Gabrielle Emanuel; illustrated by E.B. Lewis (December 4, 2014)
Aside from winning the award for “guy who’s name I always type as E.B. White before catching my mistake”, Lewis won a 2005 Caldecott Honor for Coming on Home Soon.
Blue on Blue by Dianne White; illustrated by Beth Krommes (September 2, 2014)
You might recognize Krommes signature scratchboard style from her 2009 Medal winner The House in the Night.
The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka (May 13, 2014)
The trailer for this book debuted on A Fuse #8 Production recently, so that gives you a sense of what this biography of the jazz legend is like.
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (September 23, 2014)
Last we saw Moose, he was wreaking havoc all over the alphabet in Z is for Moose. This time out, he’s forcing his way into a book about shapes. The illustrations look just as inventive.
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg (November 4, 2014)
I mentioned a couple weeks back that what first struck me about this book was the color – C.V.A. has been doing the monochromatic thing for a while and this is a notable change of pace.
If You Were a Dog by Jamie A. Swenson; illustrated by Chris Raschka (September 30, 2014)
Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Star Dog by Emily Arnold McCully (November 11, 2014)
This bit of nonfiction from McCully, who won a Caldecott Medal in 1993 for Mirette in the High Wire looks like a book I want to read.
Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand; illustrated by David Small (August 14, 2014)
Small last won a Caldecott Honor for One Cool Friend. This book is about a classroom gingerbread man hunt.
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins (April 1, 2014)
Jenkins won a Caldecott Honor in 2004 for What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Here’s more beautiful nonfiction from the cut paper wizard.
Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth (February 25, 2014)
The placid watercolors that earned him a Caldecott Honor for Zen Shorts are on display in Muth’s new book of poems.
If Kids Ran the World by Leo and Diane Dillon (August 26, 2014)
Leo & Diane Dillon are the only back-to-back Caldecott Medal winners. This is their last book as a duo, as Leo passed away in 2012.
My Teacher is a Monster (No, I Am Not) by Peter Brown (July 1, 2014)
This book fits right into the cheeky oeuvre of the man who brought us Children Make Terrible Pets. Brown won a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots! in 2013.
Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri (December 16, 2014)
Tafuri won an Honor in 1985 for Have You Seen My Ducklings? Here she follows up All Kinds of Kisses.
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (October 14, 2014)
Two time Honoree (All the World, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever), Frazee goes wordless – yeah, I said it, wordless – in this story of unlikely friendship.
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look Like They Do by Robin Page; illustrated by Steve Jenkins (October 7, 2014)
Another fabulous team-up from Page and Jenkins.
Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracy Fern; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (February 18, 2014)
The second book by McCully on this list.
Jack by Tomie dePaola (September 16, 2014)
The creator of one of my all time favorites, Strega Nona (which won a Caldecott Honor in 1976), dePaola turns in his take on a traditional Jack tale.
Taking Care of Mama Rabbit by Anita Lobel (February 11, 2014)
Anita Lobel won a Caldecott Honor for On Market Street. Watch. Connect. Read. interviewed Lobel about this 2014 offering.
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed Earth by Penny Chisholm; illustrated by Molly Bang (September 30, 2014)
Nonfiction from Bang, a three-time Caldecott Honoree.
The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert (March 4, 2014)
I reviewed this one a couple weeks back. It’s really something. Ehlert won a Caldecott Honor in 1990 for Color Zoo.
A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell (October 7, 2014)
The creator of Me…Jane (which won an Honor in 2012) is back with this story of embracing the messiness of life.
Firefly July and Other Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Melissa Sweet (March 11, 2014)
Sweet’s distinctive style brings life to this poetry collection.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet (September 15, 2014)
It’s the same combination of author, illustrator, and publisher (Eerdmans) that brought us Caldecott Honor book A River of Words.
Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith (October 7, 2014)
With this pair, good things are bound to happen. Smith previously won Caldecott Honors for The Stinky Cheese Man (which turns 25 this year!) and Grandpa Green.
Firebird by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers (September 4, 2014)
This book about ballet is written by an American Ballet Theater soloist and features art from Caldecott Honor winner Myers
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward; illustrated by Steve Jenkins (March 18, 2014)
Yet more Jenkins!
Outside the Box by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Diane Goode (March 11, 2014)
Goode received an Honor in 1983 for When I Was Young in the Mountains (written by Cynthia Rylant). Here she illustrates a book of poems.
Day is Done by Peter Yarrow; illustrated by Melissa Sweet (March 11, 2014)
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (April 1, 2014)
I just read this one and it makes another great addition to the Pigeon series.
Blizzard by John Rocco (October 28, 2014)
Rocco won an Honor in 2012 for Blackout. Now he does all opposite and talks about snow. Should we call this “Whiteout”?
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis (May 6, 2014)
Nonfiction brought to life in Lewis’s remarkable painterly style.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox; illustrated by Brian Floca (May 13, 2014)
The reigning Caldecott Medal winner is back in action here with a wholly different book than Locomotive.
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