Caldecott Honor Artist Elisha Cooper

Click here to watch the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards press conference.
I asked Matthew Cordell, Elisha Cooper, Gordon C. James, Thi Bui, and Jason Chin to answer two questions and to finish two sentence starters. 

Today is Elisha's turn to shine! Congratulations, Elisha! 

Congratulations, Elisha! Everyone loves hearing about THE CALL. What ran through your head when the phone rang? What were you thinking about when the Caldecott committee was clapping and cheering for you?

Elisha: My first thought was: don’t fall off the bike! I was speeding down Mercer Street, here in New York, it was early morning and the phone in my backpack rang and I was pretty sure I knew, or hoped, what it was about. So I pulled over, in a state of giddiness and dishevelment — bike, backpack, helmet, gloves strewn around me — and talked with the committee. I think there was a lot of whooping. I’ll always love Mercer Street.

What does the Caldecott mean to you? 

Elisha: I’m not sure yet. It hasn’t really sunk in. I’m honored, of course, but trying to remember that there are so many wonderful books out there, and that Big Cat, Little Cat is the same book last week as it is today. That said, I’m thrilled that more kids will have a chance to read the book.

Please finish these sentence starters: 

Reading is everything. Also family, coffee, Premier League soccer, Maine lakes, furry animals, art. But it starts, for me, with reading.

School libraries are the best. They were my first home away from home. Though I think libraries could have more cats, dogs, and pandas painted directly on their walls. Call me.

 Borrow BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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