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Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations (Hardback)
  • Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations (Hardback)

Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books: A Guide to the Illustrations (Hardback)

Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 14/08/2014
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Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books is a practical and easy-to-use reference handbook explaining what makes the art in Caldecott Medal and Honor books distinguished. It is a useful manual for librarians, teachers, and others who want to better understand picture book illustration. This book includes many useful components: *Short entries about fifty-six books *Information on styles and media *Artistic analysis of the illustrations *Appendixes on selected sources for further reading, Randolph Caldecott Medal terms and criteria, bibliography of entries, and a list of Caldecott winners *Glossary of art terms * Indexes of author-illustrator-title, media, and style This book, used as a handbook in conjunction with Caldecott Award books, provides readers with ready-to-use information they can share with children and others, while helping to build confidence in one's ability to talk about art in all picture books.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442239227
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm

[T]he insider's perspective on committee work will be of particular value to those professionals interested in serving on a committee as well as to readers who wonder exactly how the decision making process unfolds. . . . .the authors make an effort to look at how style, composition, medium, palette, and other elements work together to successfully fulfill the Caldecott requirement of 'delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood, or information through pictures.'. . . .The 'For Further Consideration' section elaborates on some point brought up in the analysis and sometimes offers an interesting look at the author's creative process...or the publishing process.This will be especially useful to readers who have never thought about picture book art beyond "cute" or "colorful," and it provides a strong foundational vocabulary for analyzing picture book illustrations. * The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *
Anyone who has ever wondered what the Caldecott Committee talks about when behind closed doors will want to read Hammond and Nordstrom's fascinating work. This is a valuable collection of analysis and appreciation of many favorite books, and the glossary of art terms is a bonus. A valuable reference. -- Robin Smith, children's book reviewer
Give yourself a crash course in Caldecott award winning art. Practical and critical, pair this informative companion with copies of the books for a thorough look at what may have earned the title that shiny sticker on the cover. -- Laura Given, K-8 school librarian
Many people have grappled with the question of what truly makes a "distinguished" picture book. Heidi and Gail have merely cracked the code for you, providing insights into the great Caldecott winners that you will find nowhere else. -- Betsy Bird, youth materials specialist
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books is a treasure trove for picture book lovers! Hammond and Nordstrom share clear and perceptive analysis of these award-winning titles, as well as delightful nuggets about how these illustrators think and work. Their thorough research provides rich insights that will strengthen and deepen connections between this literature and the children you share it with. -- Carla Larsen, school library media specialist
An invaluable resource, not only for adults working with children, but for writers and illustrators as well. Hammond and Nordstrom provide remarkable insight into the craft and magic of picture book making. I found even more to love about my favorite Caldecott winners and a greater appreciation for those I may have underestimated. -- Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, children's author and youth services librarian
In this wonderful guide to the art of Caldecott winning books, the beauty of the picture book art is the star! A great resource for teachers, librarians, parents and professors who are looking at the significance of "distinguished art" in children's books. -- JoAnn Jonas, youth materials selector and children's book reviewer
This is a must-have reference for librarians and children's literature enthusiasts. It is also a valuable resource for classroom teachers who wish to integrate award-winning books. * School Library Connection *

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