Bonus! Collecting Creativity – 3

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner
When I was a child, I loved to draw. And I loved good stories . . . so I especially loved books that had good stories side-by-side with amazing drawings.

I remember being in Library Class in Elementary School and looking for the books that had the shiny Caldecott Medals on the covers because I knew they would have beautiful illustrations . . . even before I knew the word “illustration.”

The 2016 Caldecott Honors were awarded earlier in the year, and I wanted to take a minute to “collect” them in this blog post as a way of stopping to think.

I’m in the middle of trying to wrap up a certain illustration project that I’ve been feeling “blocked” about, so that’s what led me to think about the Caldecotts tonight. Sometimes looking at other amazing illustrations can help to inspire me, as long as I don’t allow it to fill me with insecurities . . .

Why do creatives so often do that to themselves? Why do we play the comparison and envy game that paralyzes creation and productivity?

I’m not sure I’ll ever have a complete answer to that question, but this is a little reminder (to myself & to you) to not get sucked into it.


I had dinner with a friend tonight & she told me about an Artist she knows of who breeds insects, then dips them in paint (or ink?) and lets them wander around on a surface to create artworks (have you seen this video of maggots making art?) . . . Now, I’m not making a statement pro or con about that particular process, but I AM telling you–if he can have a successful time selling artwork in that unique method, you can probably find your own way too.

Here are the Caldecott Honor Books for 2016:


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