The 2010 Caldecott Medal winner is The Lion & the Mouse, illustrated and written by one of my favorite illustrators, Jerry Pinkney (left). Readers are transported to Africa's Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. Jerry Pinkney’s watercolor illustrations are relatively realistic representations of characters including an owl, a mouse and a lion.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2010 Honor Books are All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Show Pinkney's book to school officials, board members, and university leaders and ask them why being able to create and interpret this kind of visual retelling of a classic fable is not considered a basic skill in general education. See if you can get visual communication added to the list of basic skills which now includes written communication, oral communication and numerical literacy.
Click on the heading above to see more of Jerry Pinkney's illustration work.