2005 Medal Winner
The 2005 Caldecott Medal winner is Kitten's First Full Moon illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Henkes employs boldly outlined organic shapes and shades of black, white and gray with rose undertones on creamy paper to tell a simple story of a kitten who mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk. The moon, the flowers, the fireflies' lights and the kitten's eyes create a comforting circle motif. The gouache and colored pencil illustrations project a varied page design that rhythmically paces the spare text.
"Thoughtful design, from the front jacket with reflective silver letters to the final image, sustains a completely satisfying read-aloud experience," said Caldecott Award Chair Betsy Hearne. "Kitten's frustration and eventual triumph--emotions familiar to young children--find artistic expression in a meticulously crafted book with classic appeal."
Listen to Kevin Henkes Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech [Link downloads MP3 audio file/22MB]
2005 Honor Books
The Red Book illustrated and written by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Company)
With a simplicity that belies their depth, Lehman's nuanced watercolor illustrations in The Red Book transport a city girl, an island boy and the viewer beyond their familiar worlds. This wordless picture book offers an enticing visual journey with surprising twists and reveals the mysterious power of books.
Coming on Home Soon illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam's Son's/Penguin Young Readers Group)
Evocative watercolor paintings in Coming on Home Soon illuminate a story of cross-generational love and convey the longing of a child anticipating her mother's return. Lewis' portraiture and attention to light sources, from cold winter hues to warm interior tones, reflect the loneliness of the child and the comforting strength of her grandmother.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale illustrated and written by Mo Willems. (Hyperion Books for Children)
In Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale an ordinary trip to the laundromat with Dad becomes a hilarious epic drama of miscommunication when Trixie realizes that her beloved stuffed animal is left behind. This energetic comedy, illustrated with an unconventional combination of sepia-tone photographs and wry cartoon ink sketches, charms both parents and children.
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