Caldecott Honor Artist Thi Bui

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I asked Matthew Cordell, Elisha Cooper, Gordon C. James, Thi Bui, and Jason Chin to answer two questions and to finish two sentence starters. 

Congratulations, Thi!  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?

Thi Bui: My immediate thought when the phone rang was, “No one I know calls me this early,’ and I hung up without looking or thinking! And then I remembered what day it was and said, “Oh no!!” and tried to call back. Luckily they called again and I was of course very honored and grateful, but also pretty embarrassed and still not quite awake.

What does the Caldecott mean to you? 

Thi Bui: It’s a huge honor. I remember the stickers on books when I was a kid. It means our little book will find its way to more readers. It means quiet books about quiet lives and underrepresented people are getting a little louder.

Please finish these sentence starters: 

Reading is a vehicle for your mind to travel so you can live other lives and gain knowledge, experience, and insight that might not be available to you in your regular life.

School libraries are like chapels on the front lines. They offer refuge and guidance in a place that’s accessible to kids.

Borrow A Different Pond from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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