Saturday, May 26, 2018

May Caldecott Calendar: Jewish-American Heritage Month & Mother's Day

Goodness gracious I'm running late this month! I wasn't realizing I'd end up with three Caldecott posts for April and in the meantime, a certain small someone decided naps aren't really his thing anymore, so let's just say we've been in an adjustment period around here. Better late than never, right? 

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! 

Jewish-American Heritage Month

Golem by David Wisniewski
1997 Caldecott Medal 
Picture book re-telling of a Jewish legend.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat written & illustrated by Simms Taback
2000 Caldecott Medal
Based on a Yiddish folk song. 

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins written by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
1990 Caldecott Honor
May is certainly not the right time of year for Hanukkah, but I'll include it here as well as the December list.

Mother's Day

A Chair for My Mother, written & illustrated by Vera B. Williams
1983 Caldecott Honor
Rosa helps save up money to buy her mother a comfortable chair after their home is destroyed in a fire.

The Boy of the Three-Year Nap, written by Dianne Snyder & illustrated by Allen Say
1989 Caldecott Honor
A clever mother outwits her lazy son.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, written by Charlotte Zolotow & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1963 Caldecott Honor
Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl figure out what to get her mother for her birthday.

My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, written by Becky Reyher & illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
1946 Caldecott Honor
A sweet story based on a Russian proverb.


  1. Ah, the three Jewish heritage books are all terrific. Heschel and the Hanukkah Goblins has been a favorite in my house for years and years!

    1. I love the artwork in Hershel! I’ve been tracking down all the books illustrated by Hyman — it might take a while though :)

  2. I used both Golem and A Chair for My Mother in my fourth grade classroom. I'll have to check out Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. That one looks fun!

    1. It is fun! I definitely think you’d like it — and the repetition/progression is great for little kids :)

  3. I have never read any of these! :( I hope you had a nice Mother's Day!


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