Amos McGee, a gentle zookeeper, arrives promptly at work every day. The animals enjoy his company and depend on him. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, sits with the penguin, lends a handkerchief to the rhino, and reads stories to owl. What will the animals do when Amos wakes up sick? Take care of him, of course! Erin Stead’s awe-inspiring illustrations convey the importance of friendship and have a calming effect. I hope Philip and Erin Stead continue to make books together. Add this future classic to your must-read list. (Travis and I named it the #2 book of 2010. It went on to win the 2011 Caldecott Medal.)
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Stanley and Morris announced the 2011 Caldecott winners.
Anita Silvey celebrated A Sick Day for Amos McGee on National Doctor Day.