Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Caldecott Calendar: The Week of the Young Child™ + Roget's Thesaurus

Today I have another April installment of my Caldecott Calendar project. All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added!

The Week of the Young Child
(This year: April 16-20, 2018)
Hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The Week of the Young Child™ celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. I had never heard of it before I started digging around for more events in April beyond the more popular/obvious ones. While one could argue that any and all picture books would be good to read for this event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to round up the Caldecott titles that deal more specifically with childhood experiences.

Waiting, written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
2016 Caldecott Honor
Waiting is a pretty universal human experience, but it's often particularly difficult for young children.

They All Saw a Cat, written & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
2017 Caldecott Honor
Learning to see things from different perspectives.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written & illustrated by Dan Santat
2015 Caldecott Honor
Imaginary friends.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by 
Jon Klassen
2015 Caldecott Honor
Two boys, a dog, and an outdoor adventure.

Journey, illustrated by Aaron Becker
2014 Caldecott Honor
Boredom and imagination.

Flora and the Flamingo, illustrated by Molly Idle
2014 Caldecott Honor
Awkwardness, practice, and friendship.

Yo! Yes?, written & illustrated by Chris Raschka
1994 Caldecott Honor
Making a friend who seems different than you.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, written & illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
2004 Caldecott Honor
Expressing individuality, the beginning of independence, and making your own choices.

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry, written & illustrated by Molly Bang
2000 Caldecott Honor
How to handle with big, scary feelings.

No, David!, written & illustrated by David Shannon
1999 Caldecott Honor
What child doesn't constantly hear the word "no"?

*Owen, written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
1994 Caldecott Honor
Outgrowing a security blanket.

*Olivia, written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
2001 Caldecott Honor
For all the young children bursting with energy (and occasionally getting into mischief.)

*Where the Wild Things Are, written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1964 Caldecott Medal
Getting into mischief, wanting to run away, and coming back to those who "love you most of all."

*Frog and Toad Are Friends, written & illustrated by Arnold Lobel
1971 Caldecott Honor
Friendship and everyday adventures.

"More More More," Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories, written & illustrated by Vera B. Williams
1991 Caldecott Honor
Showcases three sweet, loving relationships between babies and parents/grandparents.

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Two about losing a favorite stuffed animal:
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, written & illustrated by Mo Willems
2008 Caldecott Honor

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written & illustrated by Mo Willems
2005 Caldecott Honor

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Two simple counting books filled with childhood wonders and comforts:
Ten, Nine, Eight, written & illustrated by Molly Bang
1984 Caldecott Honor

*1 is One, written & illustrated by Tasha Tudor
1957 Caldecott Honor

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The final five books are stories, lullabies, and prayers specifically for bedtime -- an important (and often challenging!) transition time for young children.
*The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson & illustrated by Beth Krommes
2009 Caldecott Medal

Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
2013 Caldecott Honor

*Hush! A Thai Lullaby, written by Minfong Ho & illustrated by Holly Meade
1997 Caldecott Honor

A Child's Good Night Book, written by Margaret Wise Brown & illustrated by Jean Charlot
1944 Caldecott Honor

*Prayer for a Child, written by Rachel Field & illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
1945 Caldecott Medal

Anniversary of the publication of Peter Mark Roget's 1st Thesaurus
(April 29, 1852)
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
2015 Caldecott Honor

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Added since original posting:
The House in the Night

Last updated: April 16, 2018


  1. Okay, I've got to start a checklist for Caldecott titles, especially since my son is getting to an age where he'll actually get something out of them. All of these look so good!

    1. That sounds like a great idea! I'm behind for May, but I'll get a post together one of these days :)


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