2015 Caldecott Medal
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat. In four delightful “visual chapters,” Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human.
2015 Caldecott Honor Books
Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Castillo’s evocative watercolor illustrations tell the story of a young boy’s visit to his grandmother and the reassuring way she helps him to lose his fear and experience the busy, loud city in a new way.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett. Klassen’s use of textrue, shape and earth tones in this deceptively simple book invite readers into the experience of two boys, who, accompanied by their dog, set out to dig a hole.
Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales. Using a unique variety of media – puppetry, printmaking, painting and photography – combined with an intoxicating use of color and unfailing sense of composition, Morales celebrates the artistic process.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant. Sweet’s inspired mixed media illustrations illuminate the personality and work of a man passionately interested in many things.
This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki. Intricately detailed illustrations in shades of indigo are masterfully layered with the text in this graphic novel. The pacing a strong imagery evoke myriad emotions and ground this poignant and painfully realistic coming-of-age story.