Chris Raschka’s A Ball for Daisy, a wordless picture book, wins the 2012 Caldecott Award. In Raschka’s own words: “I was thinking how about how loss comes into young lives, and how we try to deal with that somehow.” This book is Mr. Raschka’s first wordless picture book, something he wanted to try “so that a child could read the book without knowing how to read.”
HOW do you read a wordless or nearly wordless picture book? Without words, the shapes, lines, and colors tell the story. One of the great things about wordless picture books is that children at any age can read them by telling the story they see in each picture. Share with your child the story you see in the pictures. Where did the story take you and where did the story take your child? Without words the story unfolds for each reader in its own unique way. Don’t miss the opportunity of knowing these delightful reads simply because you didn’t know what to do with them. All you have to do—is enjoy them!
For a complete list of the awards see http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/index.cfm