2006 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

2006 Medal Winner

book cover image - the hello, goodbye window The 2006 Caldecott Medal winner is  The Hello, Goodbye Window  illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by  Norton Juster (Michael di Capua Books, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children)

In this sunny portrait of familial love, a little girl tells us about her everyday experiences visiting her grandparents’ house. Raschka’s style resembles the spontaneous drawings of children, perfectly mirroring the guileless young narrator’s exuberant voice. White space balances the density of the layered colors, creating a visual experience that is surprisingly sophisticated.

With a few energetic lines, Raschka suggests a world filled with affection and humor,” said Award Committee Chair Gratia Banta. “The richly textured tones of these expressive illustrations convey the emotional warmth of the intergenerational connection.”


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2006 Honor Books

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Rosa  illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company)

From the arresting cover through the endpapers, Rosa, with Giovanni’s spare, elegant prose and Collier’s iconic illustrations, celebrates the quiet courage of Rosa Parks. Collier’s radiant watercolors of faces and hands highlighted against the edges of his richly colored collages create another distinguished work of art from this award-winning illustrator.

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Zen Shorts  illustrated and written by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic Press)

Zen Shorts, Muth’s story of inquisitive siblings befriending a wise panda, is told through luminous watercolors interwoven with three lessons, set apart by starkly contrasting Asian-inspired brush paintings. The interplay of artistic styles elegantly conveys the gentle, timeless messages of self-knowledge and acceptance.

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Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride  illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman. (An Anne Schwartz Book from Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Energetic lines and rich watercolors animate Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride, an aerial adventure over 18th-century France. Priceman, who previously received a 1996 Caldecott Honor for “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin,” combines spare text, dynamic design and masterful perspective to illuminate the humor and high jinks of three animals swept up in the winds of history.

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange, written by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Company)

Eleven joyful songs of everyday pond life throughout the seasons are celebrated through Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, an elegant and satisfying combination of visual drama, poetry and scientific facts. The organic lines of Prange’s exceptionally executed, hand-colored woodblock illustrations enlarge upon Sidman’s expressive nature-themed poems.

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