Well, we've come along in our understanding of what makes a great children's picture book. We have had some discussion and we all have our own predictions on which books will be the winners. One thing we must agree upon is that we are quickly drawn to a particular book's style or story and then it stands out as the clear winner no matter what! Can the appointed judges refrain from this instant pull? Do they need to? Some things to think about.
Here are some of our predictions for the Chocolate Lily Book Award and why:
Victoria Clement: I Want to Go to the Moon, by Tom Saunders
"There is something in the book that lets me feel a little bit confident. I love how the illustrations draw the story together."
Emily Seimens: Can Hens Give Milk, by Joan Betty Stuchner and Joe Weissmann
"It is hilarious that the family doesn't learn their lesson the first time, and the illustrations are original."
Feneti Bulcha: Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea, by Michael Kozlowski
"It is funny and interesting as well as appropriate for children. The illustrations are distinctive and the layout draws it together."
Ben Morris: I Want to Go to the Moon, by Tom Saunders
"This book is an interesting and learning experience type of book."
Isabella Caicedo: Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been, by Dan Bar-El
"It's pictures, details and colour make it good. I also like how most of the words rhyme."
Ashley Gerk: Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea, by Michael Kozlowski
"It is not only interesting, but amazing. It is a book for all a wide range of ages (3-9years). I like it!"