Celebrate World Book Day with this Award-Winning Book

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, $15).

Happy World Book Day! And congratulations to A Sick Day for Amos McGee for recently winning the 2011 Caldecott Medal. We’ve been smitten with this heartwarming story since declaring it a favourite in our September issue.

Every day an older gentleman wakes up each morning in his striped pajamas, makes tea in his wainscotted kitchen, puts on a dapper green suit and takes the No. 5 bus to go care for the animals at the City Zoo. One morning he stays home with the sniffles and ends up with a surprise: His friends come to look after him. Penguin keeps Amos’s feet warm, elephant joins him for a game of chess, and tortoise plays peekaboo under the covers.

Good stories about the elderly are hard to find, and this one tops our list. And aside from the adorable message of reciprocity, it’s a good vocabulary builder and just the right length for bedtime.

—Melissa Carter, CF‘s lifestyle editor

PS: Have fun spotting the little bird and red balloon hidden on each page!

Check out this fun round-up of great books to get your toddler talking.

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