(images from 36 Pages)
A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook, 2010) has been awarded the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the year’s most distinguished picture book. Erin Stead illustrated and Philip Stead wrote this lovely book. Philip said that he “tried to dream up characters that would be perfect for her to illustrate.” What a sweet husband. He must be so thrilled for his wife, especially given that this is the first book she has ever illustrated.
The story is about an elderly man named Amos who lovingly cares for five special animals at the zoo—until one day he stays home in bed with a cold and the animals have the chance to take care of him instead.
I’m pretty sure A Sick Day for Amos McGee will join Alexander and the Magic Mouse as a go-to book on sick days.