We are wrapping up our Caldecott predictions this week by reading All Because You Matter, written by Tami Charles with illustrations by Bryan Collier.
Bryan Collier has won four Caldecott Honours for his previous books, including one for Trombone Shorty, which you can watch a read aloud for here.
The art in this book is inspired by Collier’s grandmother, who was a quilt maker. The images in the story are created through collage and petal shapes which give it a quilted appearance. The author was inspired to write this story from the racial justice movements we’ve seen in 2020 and saw this book as a starting point to have conversations about racism and equity.
I thought this was a great book to end our Caldecott unit with as we get closer to February and Black History Month.
Next week I will post about the results of Oppenheimer’s own voting for best illustrations, and we’ll see our how results compare to the official annoucement!