Annal: 2004 Randolph Caldecott Medal

Results of the Randolph Caldecott Medal in the year 2004.

Book:Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.

Book:Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of style—and it isn’t at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. Yet they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it—and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it’s clear that Ella Sarah’s favorite outfit is just right for her.

Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s spirited story will gently nudge young children toward independence—providing plenty of exuberant colors and patterns to identify along the way.

Book:The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Mordicai Gerstein

In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and—in two dramatic foldout spreads—the vertiginous drama of Petit’s feat.

Book:What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Robin Page, Steve Jenkins

A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

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