Are picture books passe in America? According to a recent article, sales are down 15 percent from last year and many stores send huge shipments of the texts back to the publishers. Parents are forgoing the big-print books for tomes with chapters and more-complicated plots so their kids don't fall behind with their reading. Picture books provide great illustrations and have the ability to spark a child's imagination. I've rounded up current and past winners and honorees of the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which honors the best picture books each year. Check out the 2008 through 2010 selections.
For a peek at additional charming picture books,