Locomotive (2014 Caldecott Winner!)

Locomotive by Brian Floca.  Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2013.
Winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal.

Did you watch the Grammy Awards last night?  Me?  Nope.  Don't care.  They seldom like the same music I like anyway.  Forget the Grammys, though.  The Caldecott and Newbery awards were announced today! Yay!  Hooray for the ALSC Media Awards!  To see the full list of winners and honorees, click here.

I'm so excited to share this year's Caldecott Medal winner!  Locomotive by Brian Floca [Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2013] is a beautiful book.  Everything about it:  the gorgeous paintings, the interesting use of font styles, the poetic text...  Mr. B and I oohed and aahed over this book over Christmastime, but ultimately decided on other titles for the girls this year.

For those of you who don't know or have forgotten, since I only mention it once in a while, I am married to a railroader.  Mr. B is a freight conductor.  Before that, he was a track foreman on the Maintenance of Way side.  We have a love/hate relationship with trains.    This book, however, about a family traveling via passenger steam locomotive to the West in 1869, gives you the romantic, historic view of trains.  You just can't beat that.

Oh, here's the other reason I'm excited this book won.  Brian Floca visited my favorite indie bookstore in September.  I didn't go, I'm sorry to say.  But I did snatch up their last signed copy this morning!












Congrats to Brian Floca!  And congrats to the Caldecott Honor recipients, too.  So many wonderful picture books in 2013!  The little honor list is so small, but the breadth of award-worthy titles seemed especially large this year.  I shared both these links on Facebook, but take a gander at these lovely lists put together by the folks at NPR and BrainPickings for more.

I'll leave you with a few snapshots of my family fooling around on a beautiful antique steam locomotive at Riverside Park in Independence, Kansas, summer 2012.





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Comments

  1. WOW! what a cool cool book. love how the fonts give emphasis and meaning to the text! how cool are you that you have it! I had never seen or heard of this one before. totally with you re the Grammys - i think the last time I watched was 1988.....:)

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    1. I was at a birthday dinner for a friend. When I came home, the Taylor Swift and Lorde performances were online, so I played them for Big Sis. (She is Swift-fanatic and she loves the song "Royals.") That was the extent of my Grammy viewing.

      This is a great book! I've seen a few lists that featured it, but it hasn't had the same kind of attention some other picture books have had. I honestly expected Journey or Flora and the Flamingo to get get it, based on buzz. I still need to check Flora and the Flamingo out, but Journey and Mr. Wuffles are headed our way soon, along with Flora and Ulysses, the Newbery winner. I won a big stack of 18 books from Mr. Schu at Watch.Connect.Read. and Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes, back in December. It's supposed to be mailed out this week (I hope!). Very, very excited!

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  2. What a great book!

    I watched a few minutes of the Grammys. Mostly I was disappointed but I like to see what people are up to. My favorite performance (that I Googled) Willie, Kris, Blake, and Merle.

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    1. I need to watch that one! I do love my classic country.

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  3. I got Locomotive for my nephew for Christmas. His parents have thanked me MILLIONS of times. He is the only cousin on that side and they have to give four presents to ours so we always try to give big (presents are a pain aren't they?) and this was just an extra, but anyway, got more response than anything else ever has. Lucky you by the way - enjoy that prize!

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    1. Oh, awesome! We did consider getting it for the girls, but really, it would have been for us. There isn't a lot of love for trains when Daddy is gone on them so much. ;) It's such a gorgeous book.

      I'm excited to get it! So many great things in the package. Thanks!

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  4. I love your post. I've been hoping this book would win the Caldecott! (I was traveling today and not able to get to my computer until now - what happy news to come home to!!!) Thanks for posting so many of the book's GORGEOUS illustrations. You are one lucky girl to have a signed copy!!!!!! I can't wait to get a copy of this book for my grandson, who looooves trains. :)

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    1. It is a fabulous book! Such a complete package. I was so happy they had one left. I would have been kicking myself harder for not grabbing it back before Christmas. There were some wonderful picture books this year, so many worthy contenders. :)

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  5. I was so THRILLED to see Locomotive win the Caldecott Medal! I think it is the perfect blend of information, gorgeous writing, and breathtaking illustrations. I was actually quite happy with all of the awards this year. 2013 was a great year for books.

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    1. I agree! This one has everything going for it, but there were so many wonderful picture books released this year. I'm still trying to get through everyone's Best Of lists. :)

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  6. What a gorgeous, cool book! Wonderful pictures indeed...

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