[bksvol-discuss] Re: Caldecott Medal Winners

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 20:58:11 -0800 (PST)

Thank you, Allison, for your input and explanations.
I'm glad to know the stories are worthwhile even
without the illustrations. I'm sure that when my
children were young they enjoyed the Caldecott books
for the stories as well as the pictures. I can't
remember which books they were at this point, though.

I was thinking of how much time it takes to describe
illustrations in picture books, which is why I
wondered if it was worthwhile. But your points about
blind children being able to share the stories with
sighted children and have the universal experience is
a very valid one. I'm sure that what the children
remember years later are the stories and not the


--- Allison <alwaysallie@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Cindy, you make some good points in your message. 
> I'll try and address them 
> as best I know how.
> Second only to the Newbury, the Caldecott books are
> said to be the best kid 
> books each year.  Unfortunately, as you mentioned,
> these
> books are recognized for their illustration, and
> they are not always easily 
> enjoyed by blind kids.  What's worse, often these
> books aren't even 
> attempted to be put into accessible format for blind
> kids.  They are seen as 
> not being important to kids who can't see the
> pictures.  You know, why would 
> the blind kid care what something looked like?
> The flaw in the above thinking is that often blind
> kids DO care how things 
> look.  The other flaw is that, in not having access
> to Caldecott books, kids 
> are missing out on some really incredible stories. 
> Some Caldecotts have 
> good content as well as pictures.  Not only that,
> but by missing out on 
> these stories,
> our blind kids aren't familiar with the stories that
> their sighted 
> classmates may be reading.  This is an important
> thing for blind kids not 
> just educationally, but socially as well.
> Not every Caldecott book need have picture
> descriptions.  This may sound 
> bizarre, but it's true.  Some stories are just
> really really good, even 
> without the added benefit of the pictures.  Case and
> point, last year's 
> Caldecott winner.  The Man Who Walked Between the
> Towers.  A beautiful 
> beautiful story!  My Children's Literature professor
> read it to our class 
> the week after the award was announced.  She showed
> the pictures to the 
> class, but did not verbally
> describe them.  I loved that story anyway.  It was
> just that good.  Perhaps 
> I missed out on something, but I sure didn't enjoy
> that book any less.  I 
> tried to scan that book for Bookshare, but didn't
> have any luck.  It has 
> just too many pictures per page which don't seem to
> scan well.  However I 
> wasn't using the newest version of K1000 back then,
> so maybe I'd have better 
> luck now.
> So, that's my basic thinking behind Caldecott book
> access.  Others may have 
> different ideas.  I've thought about this a lot
> because my goal is to work 
> teaching blind children one day.
> Hope this made some sense.
> Best,
> Allison
> --

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