Hey, Al book
#49
Hey, Al
Written by Arthur Yorinks and illustrated by Richard Egielski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie, live in a single room on the West Side. They eat together, they work together, they do everything together. So what's the problem? Thier room is crowded and cramped; their life is an endless struggle. Al and Eddie are practically at eachothers throats when a large and mysterious bird offers them a new life in paradise. After some debate, they decide to accept. Transported to a gorgeous island in the sky, Al and Eddie are soon living a life of ease and luxury. But they come to find that the grass can be a little too green on the other side. After a dramatic, nearly tragic escape from their paradise prison, both man and dog agree: there really is no place like home. Hey, Al is the winner of the 1987 Caldecott Medal.

Black and White book
#50
Black and White
Written and illustrated by David Macaulay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion.

Grandfather's Journey book
#51
Grandfather's Journey
Written and illustrated by Allen Say
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Lyrical, breathtaking, splendid—words used to describe Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was first published. At once deeply personal yet expressing universally held emotions, this tale of one man’s love for two countries and his constant desire to be in both places captured readers’ attention and hearts. Winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal, it remains as historically relevant and emotionally engaging as ever.

Smoky Night book
#52
Smoky Night
Written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Diaz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality. A Caldecott Medal winner. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Golem book
#53
Golem
Written and illustrated by David Wisniewski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.

Rapunzel book
#54
Rapunzel
Written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

My Friend Rabbit book
#55
My Friend Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Eric Rohmann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rabbit saves the day in a most ingeneous way. When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints. My Friend Rabbit is the winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers book
#56
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

The House in the Night book
#57
The House in the Night
Written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend book
#58
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle. New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.

Finding Winnie book
#59
Finding Winnie
Written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

Radiant Child book
#60
Radiant Child
Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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