Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard!

Seventy Years Old and Still Quacking...
Robert McClosky's Caldecott award-winning title, Make Way for Ducklings, is celebrating it's 70th Anniversary.  The story has been immortalized in bronze by artist Nancy Schon at Boston's Public Garden; a duplicate was installed in Moscow's Novodevichy Park in 1991.

In 2009, the title was one of the inaugural inductees to the American Booksellers Association's Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame, along with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.

More ABA Picture Book Hall of Fame Nominees and Winners
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) is trade association for independent bookstores. Here's a quick sample of picture books nominated for Hall of Fame status.  Titles in bold were voted in as Hall of Famers in 2010 and 2011; all are available at the library.

If you are child of the boomer years or a Gen-Xer, many of these titles will be familiar to you and are well worth sharing with your children.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell & Lillian Hoban
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Independent Booksellers in CT
Click here for list of independent bookstores located in Connecticut.