2009 Caldecott Medal

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

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By Jen Bryant  

2009 Caldecott Honor Book

Sweet's mixed-media collage and primitive watercolors flow seamlessly with Bryant's prose to reveal the important bits and pieces of Williams' ordinary, yet extraordinary, life as a doctor and poet.

How I Learned Geography

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By Uri Shulevitz 

2009 Caldecott Honor Book

Recounting memories of his family's flight from the Warsaw Blitz and his years as a refugee during World War II, Shulevitz employs watercolor and ink to depict a boy liberated from his dreary existence through flights of fancy inspired by the map his father buys in the village market.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

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By Marla Frazee 

2009 Caldecott Honor Book

In lively, detailed, subtly retro cartoons, Frazee gently pokes fun at adult expectations and captures the unbounded joy of two friends experiencing a parent-free summer adventure.

The House in the Night

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By Susan Marie Swanson 

2009 Caldecott Winner

 

Richly detailed black-and-white scratchboard illustrations expand this timeless bedtime verse, offering reassurance to young children that there is always light in the darkness. Krommes' elegant line, illuminated with touches of golden watercolor, evoke the warmth and comfort of home and family, as well as the joys of exploring the wider world.

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