Introduce your children to one of these Caldecott Award winning books, an award bestowed on books with notable illustrations each year. Borrow them from your favorite local library, or adopt your own to read again and again.
caldecott award winning books for summer reading from left to right above
The Little Island 1947 Caldecott Medal, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? 2004 Caldecott Honor Book, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Flotsam 2010 Caldecott Medal, (wordless) illustrated by David Weisner
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors 2010 Caldecott Honor Book, written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
accompanying activities for these books or any picture books you are enjoying
Notice the illustrations in the books. Ask your child: What do you think each illustrator (for very young children, explain that this is the person who drew the pictures) has chosen to use to illustrate (draw and color) their book? Watercolors? Chalk? Colored pencils? Are the colors bright or soft? Which pictures have the most detail? What do you usually use when you draw? Crayons? Markers? Paints?
Flotsam is a book without any words. Can you retell the story of another one of these books any way you'd like by only looking at the pictures? Why don't you make your own storybook with just pictures?
want to know how children's books are illustrated? Read how I illustrate children's books in our post: publishing a book, how children's books are illustrated. Also see our printable for Kids!: free kids' printable! how children's books are illustrated—a super literature learning activity for kids. ©heather cahoon • wordplayhouse®
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