Caldecott Winner 2019

Today I am sharing the Caldecott winner 2019.  This book was ironically on my desk to be reviewed the day the announcements were made.  You will now have to take my word for the fact that I loved it before the announcement and was planning on writing a glowing review.  Seems a little fishy I know, but hey, procrastination is a real thing.

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Title: Hello LighthouseCaldecott winner 2019 hello lighthouse

Author: Sophie Blackall

Target: Preschool-Grade 3

What this book is about:

This book starts with the arrival of the lighthouse keeper.   It shares the daily tasks of his life as well as the development of his job over several years.  We see him making daily journal logs, the arrival of his wife and eventually a child, as well as the rescue of those wrecked at sea.  Readers will learn how the family got their food and diversions as well as tending to the light.  Technology eventually makes his job obsolete, but the lighthouse remains a trusted beacon.

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, the illustrations are magnificent.  I could go into the repeated perspectives or even the use of circles to symbolizes the beams of light but you don’t really have to understand these techniques to feel the majesty of these pictures. Blackall is a superb artist and you can feel and understand the story without having to read any of the text.
  • I found the subject matter so interesting.  It feels like the history of a bygone era but one that mattered tremendously at the time.  Teaching kids about the solitary but brave lifestyle of these guardians of the sea passages is both interesting and valiant.  A significant history of lighthouses is found on the back cover, which may be too much for younger kids, but adults will really enjoy it and will be able to pepper the story with new information.

Who this book is for:

Great for most kids.  I think some will be extremely fascinated by the life of the keeper.

Final thoughts:

I love that the back cover takes library bindings into account.  Instead of cutting off the history of the lighthouse, the lesson ends right where the library binding begins, meaning those who have checked the book out will not miss out on important information.

To purchase this book:

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