|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.
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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