(Read to the end for a fun LOVE IS KIND connection.)
Per the official description “The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.”
This year’s award goes to author/illustrator Oge More for her picture book THANK YOU, OMU!
I love this book. My kids are big now, but it’s just the kind of story I would have read to my kids over and over again. It would make a wonderful addition to any book collection. It is also a Caldecott winner and the illustrations are amazing.
Here’s my quick description: Omu has created a delicious stew and its mouth-watering aroma fills the neighborhood. Soon all sorts of visitors stop by for a taste and Omu gladly shares. But, when it’s finally time for her dinner, she discovers the pot is empty! Will she go to bed empty-bellied or will compassion and generosity prevail?
You will have to read the story to find out.
You can also hear the author herself read it live this coming Friday, May 8th at 3pm ET as part of Children’s Book Week on the Every Child A Reader Facebook Page.
Now, the little bit of fun news – with a LOVE IS KIND connection:
Though not the winner, LOVE IS KIND is named as one of five honor books for this year’s award. Isn’t that neat? Little Owl thinks so. Here’s the link to the official announcement.
Hooray for stories that foster love and joy and connect us to others! And hooray for the magic of reading aloud with children! Happy Monday!