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Fine Art for Kids, Caldecott-Style

The winner and runners-up for the prestigious Caldecott Medal were announced recently. This annual award honors the most-distinguished American picture books of the year. Given our passion for fine art for kids here at Oopsy daisy, we look forward to the announcement every year. And with each book that was honored, we were reminded of similar styles in our own Oopsy daisy line:

The winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (his second win!) has sweet, strong, simple paintings of Daisy, a resilient dog. We were instantly reminded of Max Grover, whose canvas wall art dogs have that same, self-assured air and bright colors.

Runner-up Blackout by John Rocco recounts the great blackout of several summers ago. His busy, vibrant illustrations of city life made us think of Mari Takabayashi's lively depictions of animated city-dwellers.

Lane Smith's runner-up, Grandpa Green, deftly combines photo-real foliage with hand-drawn accents. Rachel Austin uses the same techniques but switches it up somewhat, with equally lovely results.

Finally, Caldecott Medal runner-up Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell uses precise and colorful line-drawings to illustrate the early life of Jane Goodall. The style is reminiscent of Creative Thursday by Marisa's delicate, color-filled work.

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