I finally got around to really looking through the recent list of award winning children’s books. The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner as you all know was “This Is Not My Hat.” When we received our copy several months ago I had to read it more than once. My first reading was done too quickly. I said to myself, “I can’t be getting this.” After the second more carefully reading, I still was not impressed.
On Wednesday, Carolyn Travers and I were discussing all the recent award winners. I said I wouldn’t have voted for “This Is Not My Hat.” Carolyn then told me that she read it to her class of fourth graders, and they thought it was great. Perhaps that is why the Caldecott committee awarded their top prize to this book. They read it through the eyes of young readers.