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Locomotive by Brian Floca

Caldecott Award: Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner | 2014

The Children’s Book Review | January 27, 2014

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner

The most distinguished American picture book for children, announced by the American Library Association.


By Brian Floca

All aboard! From the creator of the “stunning” (BooklistMoonshot, a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

"Locomotive" illustration copyright ©, 2013, Brian Floca

“Locomotive” illustration copyright ©, 2013, Brian Floca

Ages 4-10 | Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books | September 3, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-1416994152

Randolph Caldecott Honor Books

Journey by Aaron Becker - Caldecott HonorJourney

By Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

"Journey" illustration copyright ©, 2013, Aaron Becker

“Journey” illustration copyright ©, 2013, Aaron Becker

Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Candlewick Press | August 6, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-0763660536

9781452110066_flora-and-the-flamingo_normFlora and the Flamingo

By Molly Idle

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle Illustration

“Flora and the Flamingo” illustration copyright ©, 2013, Molly Idle

Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | February 5, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-1452110066

Mr WufflesMr. Wuffles!

By David Wiesner

In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.

When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.

Mr. Wuffles! By David Wiesner

“Mr. Wuffles!” illustration copyright ©, 2013, David Wiesner

Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Clarion Books | October 8, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-0618756612

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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