The 2011 Caldecott Winner – A Sick Day for Amos McGee

When was the last time you called in sick? In this short picture book written by Philip Stead and illustrated by his wife Erin Stead –  Amos McGee, the zookeeper who takes care of the animals and really cares for them, has some surprise visitors when he takes a sick day.

My favorite page has all the animals on the number five bus on the way to Amos’s house.

My favorite Caldecott – Frederick – an Honor book from 1968 – all the mice scurry around storing food for the winter, but Frederick stores words and colors and vision…

“But Frederick”, they said, “you are a poet!”

For more Caldecott winners:  List of Caldecott Winners Since 1938