My favorite picture book of the year is Journey by Aaron Becker, a wordless story about a girl who draws her way into a magical world. If you loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when you were younger, you owe it to yourself to experience the beauty of this story, Harold's older-cousin-of-sorts. The ALA announced yesterday that Journey, published by Candlewick Press, received the Caldecott Honor. You’ll be mesmerized by Aaron Becker’s dazzling artwork and enchanting story.
Today’s Classic Children’s Books feature is David Johnson Leisk, better known by his pen name, Crockett Johnson. Best known today for his long-running comic strip, Barnaby, as well as the iconic series of children’s books, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Johnson is one of the most beloved cartoonists in the American lexicon. From his early political strips and satirical works to the magic realism of the children’s stories for which he is best known, Johnson is a master of the form, as evidenced by his superlative command of line, shape, characterization, and composition. His stories are loved and read the world over, and has made Johnson a truly timeless cartoonist.