Chang read the children two very different books she is considering giving her vote to when the committee decides the award next January -- "Walt Whitman, Words for America, written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Brian Selznick, and "Kitten's First Full Moon," written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.
I have seen the Whitman book and it is an astonishing, beautiful and important work. I never guess the Caldecott. It will be fun to see what wins this year.
Of the Caldecott award Chang said:
"It's not a popularity contest, but I'll remember it," Chang told them. "There were enough supporters of 'Walt Whitman' to make me think that it's possible, but there were more people who enjoyed the fun of 'Kitten's First Full Moon.'"
The experience was such a positive one that Chang said she would continue to read to groups of children to gauge their reactions to the various books she is considering giving her vote to.
"I was actually very pleased by their reaction," said Chang. "I wanted to see if it was connecting with them, and obviously it was."