Like many Youth Librarians, I always looked forward to the day when the next batch of award winners was unveiled. I’d wonder if my favorite books of the year would win the prestigious Newbery or Printz award, but I was never very good at predicting what selections the hard-working committees would honor.
This year, I was rooting for some favorites for a completely different reason. First, I’m no longer a Youth Services librarian (technically). Second, Toddler Uden has been devouring books for several months now, with new favorites rising to the tops every few days or weeks. I could go on and on about how great it is to share stories with him (or to discover 101 facts about street sweepers that I never thought I’d know) but I’ll spare you my sappy gushing and instead tell you about three favorites that I am declaring winners of the 2015 Udecott*!
Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean.
Told with sparse, rhyming text and beautiful, layered illustrations, this picture book tells the story of moving from a preschooler’s perspective. From a sad departure to a happy discovery in his new home, this is a story that (inexplicably) Toddler Uden asks for multiple times each night. (Bonus: here’s a link with great info and examples of how the illustrations were created.)
Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Melissa Iwai.This title contains almost everything that Toddler Uden loves: trucks, pancakes and even a dog. A day in the life of a family owned truck stop told by the school age son includes a variety of vehicles, drivers, breakfast foods and even a mystery: “Where is Green Gus?”
Baby’s Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields, illustrated by Lauren Tobia.
Okay, okay, so I already wrote about this one in a previous post. That was before Toddler Uden started to recognize the similarites between himself and the baby suffering the indignities of being a baby. Now he and the baby sport the same beloved pajamas and Toddler Uden loves to point out various items in the vivid, descriptive illustrations.
The Udecott is given annually (or more often, as needed) to books read approximately 1,000 times by Toddler Uden and the rest of the family.