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THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY

Cover: This Beautiful Day
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jackson
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Illustrator's First Name: 
Suzy
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lee
Publisher: 
Other
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Nowhere in the book, does it say that the rain makes it “a beautiful day,” but that is what appears to be so when the oldest of three, bored siblings turns on the radio and a rain dance ensues. The black and white day, rendered in pencil and acrylics, is infused with a blue swirl of music that connects to the rain, pulling them all outside to puddle fun. Jackson’s jazzy verses scan with an occasional bump, but Lee’s scenes are ebullient. By the conclusion it is clear that there are various ways to have a "beautiful" day. Wendy Lukehart

BALL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sullivan
Author's First Name: 
Mary
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2013

Pencil with exaggerated cartoon silliness shows a nameless dog plotting his game of “ball” throughout the day with members of his family. This wordless story shows the dog, by turns, hopeful, puzzled, eager, frustrated, frightened, and, ultimately, joyous.

 

CHLOE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
McCarty
Author's First Name: 
Peter
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2012

A new television almost ruins Chloe's cherished after-dinner family time with her parents and 20 siblings. White space highlights the pen and pastels in each bunny's clothes when they all discover an interactive entertainment that interests them much more than sitting quietly.

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