Caldecott Honors Books & A Chance To Win From Scholastic

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You know those books at the library with the big silver medal on them? Those are Caldecott Award and Honor  Books , the Caldecott award is for the best illustrated American picture book of the year. Although only one medal is given out every year a handful of books are blessed with the label of Honor. All of these book with the exception of Amos &  Boris carry that title,  Amos & Boris was a National Book Award finalist. When I got my sneak peek at the Scholastic Book Club flyers for May I saw this awesome pack of books and knew I had to share them with you and give you a chance to win all 6 from Scholastic.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni has been a favorite of mine for many years. I love Lionni and how he can weave multiple layers of meaning into a simple story for children. Swimmy is a story about a little fish who lost his family to a giant tuna fish and after grieving he was reminded of all the wonderful things there were to see and experience in the ocean. When he came across a school of fish just like his former one hiding afraid of the big fish he knew he couldn’t let them miss out on all the wonders of the ocean and he rallied them to work as a team. This is a great book for teaching children about the power of working as a group to combat challenges as well as conquering fears.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a true classic, written in 1948 it’s a simple tale about a little girl and her mom collecting blueberries to can. While mama pics them , Sal eats them and wanders off but they aren’t the only mama and baby out gathering blueberries. This book is chill and sweet and the black and white illustrations make the readers feel like they are on the top of the mountain gathering blueberries too.

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka is a simple book that will absolutely make you smile. The text is not much more complicated than the title but there is brilliance in it’s simplicity. This is a book made to be read out loud as the rhythm and beat of the words come to life when you do.

Amos & Boris by William Steig is a touching story about the power of an unlikely friendship and helping others. Amos is a mouse who is rescued by Boris a whale when he goes overboard in the middle of the ocean. After the rescue they develop a tender friendship despite their obvious differences and go on their separate ways with full hearts. Many years later though it is Amos’ turn to rescue Boris and we are all reminded that size does not equal ability to help a friend.

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is a wonderful book with minimal text but a call to action for the readers. On every page the mama duck asks other animals in the pond if they have seen her missing duckling and with close inspection of each illustration readers can find that little one just beyond her mama’s gaze. Kids love to feel like they know something that others don’t and this simple book taps into that while giving adults a chance to talk about all sorts of animals an even opening a dialog about wondering off and getting lost.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!by Mo Willems might not need much of a review as I don’t know many parents who haven’t laughed along with their kids reading this book. But if you have never read this book let me tell you about it and why so many of us think it’s hilarious. The book opens with a bus driver asking readers to do him a favor and not let the pigeon drive the bus, easy right? Well just like my 5 year old son who is practicing for the negotiator of the year award this pigeon is relentless.  When I asked my son what his favorite part of the book was he giggled loudly while telling me that he loves the tantrum the pigeon has. Kids love seeing characters in books display the behavior that they want to do but only let slip through the cracks every now and then. I love when great underlying connections to kids come in such a goofy package. Love this book.



So now that you have heard why all these books are contemporary classics let me tell you how you can get a chance to win them from Scholastic Book Club. All you need to do is answer this question in the comment section below  What was your favorite book as a child?

Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post answering the question “What was your favorite book as a child?”1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday May 6th at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive  the six  books listed , valued at approximately $35. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for Scholastic to ship their books to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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  1. Signe Fritsch says

    Are you my mother? By P.D. Eastman. It made me laugh so hard every time someone read it to me.

  2. Elizabeth says

    My favorite books were by Richard Scarry. I could look at all of those little pictures all day long!

  3. TTULizzy says

    I loved the Little House books by Wilder! As far as picture books, I still remember exactly what shelf the Berenstain Bears was at my local library. (They’ve since moved buildings…but still.)

  4. Pam in Missouri says

    I absolutely adored the Babar books when I was a kid. They just seemed magical to me.

  5. Marisa says

    Funny – I see that someone else shares a fav with me. The Monster at the End of this Book. So funny.

  6. H Keton says

    Make Way for Ducklings was my favorite childhood book. I love reading it with my two young daughters now!

  7. kathy says

    My favorite book series as a child was The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. Nowadays I LOVE the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

  8. Bobbi Capwell says

    My favorite was Seven Chinese brothers. It was the first book I read by myself. I still love it to this day.

  9. says

    My favorite book was Pippa the Cheetah…out of print now and too expensive for me to buy for my kids. The library had to restrict me to checking it out every other visit at my elementary school library all of first grade year because I would have kept it forever!

  10. Maryam says

    I loved Animals Should Not Wear Clothing
    It always made me look at them more closely!

  11. says

    My favorite book was Tawny Scrawny Lion. I even had a red sweatshirt with the lion’s picture on it. I have read it many times to my son.

  12. sadie says

    Pop up books I read and was read to at the Boys Club. Did not have one book in the house growing up, except for the ones brought from school and Boys Club.

  13. S. Jones says

    I can’t think of a favorite picture book but I loved the Boxcar Children, and Ramona chapter books.

  14. Laura says

    As a child, my favorite book was Matilda by Roald Dahl. I loved how she escaped her world through books 🙂

  15. Chris says

    It’s so hard to pick from so many! Two that I absolutely loved, and still do, are The Mysterious Tadpole and Ferdinand.

  16. Jessica says

    Out of these, my favorite was Blueberries for Sal. My favorite-favorite though was Where the Wild Things Are.

  17. Heather S says

    I don’t remember what my favorite picture book was but I do remember how my parents would sigh when I asked for any of the Care Bear books so they must have been favorites of mine. I now have a couple of those same books at my house and also sigh when they are requested because holy hanna are they loooong!

  18. says

    I loved a book called Sleepy Squirrel. It isn’t in print anymore, but my mom found a used one for me to read to my little girls. I love the memories it brings back as we read that one.

  19. Emily Raney says

    My fav was anything by Dr. Seuss. Now I love reading patricia polacco, Mcloskey, Berenstain bears, or fairy tales. I do love reading to my son!

  20. Marcie says

    My parents say I used to love “A People House” by Theo LeSeig and of course “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” by Richard Scarry, but I don’t remember that. As far as chapter books, I remember loving “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” and “The Secret Garden” which I’m surprised nobody has mentioned so far!

  21. Catherine says

    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory tied with The Secret Garden. Still have my very dog-earred copies!

  22. Pat B. says

    Corduroy was my Favorite when I was younger. Hedi was also one of my Favorites. Loved reading lots of different books. HARD to pick just one !

  23. Nicole C. says

    I love Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My kinders and first graders enjoy reading and interacting with many of these stories. The pigeon even makes me laugh out loud!

  24. Chris R says

    I had SO many favorites! The ones that come to mind right now are Homer Price, Pippi Longstocking, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

  25. Amanda C says

    My favorite book was Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever (or really any of his books!). Loved finding Goldbug!

  26. Sarah C says

    I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. My Mom read the series to me when I was six and then I later read them all myself at least twice. Thanks!

  27. Sally says

    My grandparents used to have Pat the Cat at their house, and I remember being excited to go to their house to read it.

  28. Sandra says

    Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats & The Story of Ping… As soon as I could read chapter books, I read the Little House series over and over.

  29. Sarah says

    My favorite book when I was little was “There is a Monster at the end of this book.” My daughter loves it now. Other than that I had a copy of Little Men by Louisa May Alcott that was taped together because it was read so much.

  30. Stephanie says

    I can’t list just one, I love books. So a couple of my favorite books were Richard Scarry’s Complete Treasury and Charlotte’s Web.

  31. says

    The Little Fish That Got Away by Bernadine Cook. It was his father’s favorite book when he was little and now my little guy loves to read it.

  32. Carla Reed says

    The Boxcar Children! A wonderful series. A still have all of the books. I’m hoping to pass them only to my son when he’s old enough = )

  33. SP says

    I remember loving when my mom would read Stop That Ball! She also read bedtime stories from a beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales. I would love to get my hands on that again! When I was older, I probably read every single Nancy Drew book in print.

  34. Beth says

    Miss Rumphius! I always loved that story and the illustrations are beautiful. It’s a joy to read it to my own kids now.

  35. Jayne says

    I loved the Complete Book of Flower Fairies. It sparked my imagination and desire to explore nature.

  36. Michelle says

    My absolute favorite book growing up was Ann of Green Gables. I read it over and over and still do today, when i’m feeling nostalgic!

  37. Susie Tsai says

    My favorite books was Amelia Bedelia (always made me laugh) and Encyclopedia Brown (love trying to figure it out). I love revisiting old favorites with my kids; it’s like seeing old friends. =)

  38. says

    My favorite book as a child was Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots. It is an early child chapter book. Besides the book being funny and a little scary, I remember being so proud because I needed a book marker.

  39. Sarah says

    Richard Scarry books. My kids love them now. They’ll spend a long time just looking at the pictures since they can’t read yet.

  40. Reva says

    Growing up in India, my favorites were ‘Panchatantra’ and other Indian mythology books.

  41. kt says

    too many to name, but I remember loving In a People House because I could read it all by myself!!

  42. Kim says

    So many favorites, but Dr. Suess was a favorite for sure. I remember a lot of Green Eggs and Ham.

  43. Veronica says

    I loved Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein’s poetry books! My siblings and I also liked the Little Golden Books – there was a time when we had over 100 of them!

  44. says

    It’s so hard, but I think I loved Blueberries for Sal…and now that’s one of my favorites to read to my 2-year old daughter!

  45. Teresa says

    I loved all the Berenstain Bears! I particularly remember liking the Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear 🙂

  46. Lesley says

    My favorite was actually a series called the Value Books by Ann and Spencer Johnson. I still have my set and plan to read them to my little guy when he’s old enough. Books were a huge part of my childhood, and I am so eager to bestow my love of the printed page upon my son!

  47. Melissa Foster says

    My favorite book as a child was go dog go, and then when I was older I loved Charlotte’s Web and the secret garden.

  48. Rachael says

    One of my most loved books was Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham. I can still remember how my mom did the voices.

  49. June says

    I loved anything by Tommie dePaula. Some of my favorite childhood memories are going to the library with my mom and sister to read Strega Nona.

  50. Kiersten says

    This is tough…I think one of my all-time favorites was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I also loved the Miss Nelson books, and when I got to chapter books I loved the Little House series and the Bobsey Twins.

  51. Tina Savasuk says

    Sadly, I don’t recall having a favorite book from when I was little. I am trying to change that for my kids by giving them fun and interesting experiences with books. They loved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus when we got it from the library. They would love this entire collection of books too. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  52. Rachel S. says

    The very hungry caterpillar. I have several copies and have read it to my kids do may times that we all have it memorized.

  53. Julie says

    Probably the Pokey Little Puppy but really it was any book (except for Miss. Suzy Squirrel – we were missing the last few pages so I didn’t know how it ended and the red squirrels scared me!) When I was older, it was anything with horses!

  54. Sam says

    My favorite book was If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover. The pictures always cracked me up!

  55. Pam says

    I loved The Five Little Peppers chapter book. Must have read it a dozen times.

  56. katherine says

    such a hard question- I had to pick two, We Were Tired Of Living In A House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and Doris Burn and We Help Mommy by Eloise Wilkins (all books by this author actually). Thanks for a great give away.

  57. Emily R. says

    My favorite books as a child was, “Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” by Judi Barrett. I would read it over and over again! I still have it memorized at the age of 32!

  58. Kristin Gideon says

    Oh I had sooo many. One that always stands out to me though is Bridge to Terabithia…I read that one so many times!

  59. says

    So many! I’ll pick one of my favorites: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Loved the simplicity!

  60. Pamela C says

    One of my favorite books growing up was `Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now`

  61. Sara says

    The earliest favorites I can remember are Charlotte’s Web & Where the Sidewalk Ends. I love now the I have a child to share so many stories with…it’s like childhood all over again when I get to read with her : )

  62. Pamala says

    “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton. Just magical how the house has a personality and the encroachment of civility and the changes through time.

  63. Shelley Francisco says

    My brother and I both loved Richard Scarry books, and I have great memories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  64. says

    I don’t remember any of the books I read when I was really little, but my favorite kid’s book today is Click Clack Moo. 🙂

  65. Tonia says

    My favorite book was “The Best Nest”, mostly because the cover was pink.

  66. Amy Westman says

    My favorite book as a child was “Ferdinand.” Still love reading it to my own children!

  67. says

    I loved the Boxcar Children, The Happy Hollisters, and Nancy Drew. Still reading them today – my kids love them too!

  68. says

    I’m from Egypt but currently staying in the USA so my favorite books were in Arabic. I wasn’t read to so when I could read myself, I followed a series called “ragol elmostaheel” which means “The man of the impossible”

  69. Kimberly Grasberger says

    My very first memory of a childhood book I first fell in love with was The Pokey Little Puppy. As I grew older I recall loving Harold and the Purple Crayon, Madeline, The Story of Ferdinand and Corduroy. There were just too many amazing books I distinctly remember loving to name only one. However my very first favorite was The Pokey Little Puppy.

  70. Katrina Greene says

    The Little Engine That Could is and always wil be my favorite childhood book. It taught me to never give up…live by that daily!! Thanks for the chance to win these great classics.

  71. Vanda Gabajova says

    I love books from my early childhood, so it’s difficult to choose only one, but if it’s “must be”, I point out The Pipi Longstocking series from Astrid Lingren. Thanks for nice giveway.

  72. Tami Harrelson says

    The Detective Brown series and Ramona Quimby books. I also quite loved “The Monster at the End of This Book. Thank you for this opportunity.

  73. Sami hameister says

    My favorite book as a child was Blueberries for Sal. It was the first book I could read on my own and I still love reading it to my students!

  74. says

    I loved Danny the Dinosaur. I’ve recently read it to my daughter and now I don’t care so much for it. I guess things change. 🙂


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