I’ve always loved picture books. My earliest childhood memory is a picture book on puffins. Picture books encourage creativity as illustrations inspire the reader/viewer to write a story in their own imagination. It’s a different type of literacy, entirely compatible and complementary to young readers’ early attempts at phonics and reading.
The Caldecott Medal, awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, is the most coveted prize for creators of picture books. Named for nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, it honors books that encourage visual literacy. You’re sure to find something intriguing in this year’s winner and runner-up honor books. They’re food for your child’s imagination.