2000 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

Caldecott Medal Winner

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat - book coverThe 2000 Caldecott Medal winner is Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking).

"Joseph Had a Little Overcoat," is the story of a resourceful and resilient tailor who transforms his worn-out overcoat into smaller and smaller garments. The book is illustrated in watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and collage.

"Vibrant rich colors, playful details, and skillfully-placed die cuts contribute to the book's raucous merriment that takes this Yiddish folk song far beyond the simple words," said Barbara Z. Kiefer, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. "The patchwork layout of the pages, the two-dimensional paintings and the exaggerated perspectives, reminiscent of the folk art tradition, are the very fabric that turn this overcoat into a story."


Audio Speech Cover: 2000 Newberry and Caldecott Acceptance Speeches



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Honor Books

A Child's Calendar - book coverA Child's Calendar, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday House)
Text: John Updike

Twelve seasonal poems spanning the calendar year are accompanied by pen and ink and watercolor paintings that complement and enhance the text in this book of poetry.

"Hyman's affectionate illustrations expand Updike's poetic celebration of the changing of the seasons and holidays. The masterful paintings, depicting biracial family's experiences and activities exude warmth, wonder and quiet humor."


Sector 7 - book coverSector 7 by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)

"Sector 7" tells the story of a small boy on a class trip to the Empire State Building who is transported by a friendly cloud to Sector 7, a great cloud factory high in the sky. Once there, they conspire with clouds that are bored with their shapes and long for a new way to express their individuality.

"Wiesner's striking and dramatic watercolors transform the childhood fantasy of figures in the clouds into an imaginative story without words. He skillfully leads us from reality to fantasy and back again through the use of expressive body language, layered and boxed illustrations, and impeccable pacing and placement."


When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry  - book coverWhen Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang (Scholastic)

Sophie's indignation over being required to share a favorite toy with her sister leads her on a lonely internal journey from anger to equilibrium.

"Bang's use of color, line and visual onomatopoeia combine with a deceptively simple text to create a visually stunning color of a child's journey through a temper tantrum and back to the warmth of her family."


  The Ugly Duckling - book cover

The Ugly Duckling, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Text: Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Jerry Pinkney (Morrow)

Panoramic end papers set the scene for the creation of the Andersen tale, "The Ugly Duckling."

"Each full-page spread is lush with color that befits the beauty of the naturalistic setting. Pinkney imbues the animals with personality without anthropomorphizing them."


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