Are picture books passe in America? According to a recent article, sales are down 15 percent from last year and many stores send huge shipments of the texts back to the publishers. Parents are forgoing the big-print books for tomes with chapters and more-complicated plots so their kids don't fall behind with their reading. Picture books provide great illustrations and have the ability to spark a child's imagination. I've rounded up current and past winners and honorees of the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which honors the best picture books each year. Check out the 2008 through 2010 selections.
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- The Lion & the Mouse ($9)
- All the World ($12)
- Red Sings From Treetops ($11)
- The House in the Night ($12)
- A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever ($14)
- A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams ($12)
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret ($14)
- Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad ($12)
- First the Egg ($10)
- The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain ($12)
- Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity ($10)