Book of the Week: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

May 10, 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

This is an easy book to love. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is the newest Caldecott winner. It’s written and illustrated by Philip & Erin Stead and it’s sweet as can be!

It’s a story about zookeeper Amos, and what happens when he can’t make it to work one day. The story is compassionate, the illustrations are gorgeous and my kids adore it. Plus, I love that it was a husband-wife collaboration.

P.S. — I collect Caldecott books (and other great picture books too). Do you collect anything?

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ren Lady of The Arts May 10, 2011 at 8:05 am

This book is a classic and a fav in our home- Curious George is our fav zoo story- my own monkeys love the books and the film- I actually posted in 11 classic films for 3-5 yo today:


2 Emily Harestad May 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

We love this one at our home. Everything about it is just charming!


3 Ana May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

This is a book I should be reading right now.


4 Shannon May 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

We love this book! I also collect Caldecotts as well as Newburys. You might also like “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. Not a Caldecott – but the art is clean and simple and the message is…well…wonderful. (I really think you’ll like it!)


5 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag May 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

SOOOO timely! Tomorrow over at, we’re talking about a Caldecott award winner, yes I collect them too! My take on Caldecott books is that they really mean “If you don’ t read these books with your kids, you’ll be kicking yourself…” — Thanks for the book review and come see us over on the other side of the world!! (I super loved your fairy-tale-esque garden pix from the other day by the way :) Aloha!


6 Megan May 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

What a super thing to collect. The American Library Association’s children division has extensive lists of book recommendations, in addition to the Caldecott and Newbery. Among many others:

Geisel Award (named after Dr. Seuss) for beginning reader books (super cute):

The Batchelder Award is for a book originally published in another language, then translated and published in the U.S. This year’s winner is a book originally published in French – “Le Temps des Miracles.”

Notable Books, divided into “younger,” “middle” and “older reader” –


7 Jill V. / TerraSavvy May 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

I am a lover of books, writing and reading in all forms.

I recently added a dedicated page on my blog for all things books called The Library (I secretly wish to be a librarian in my next life;)


8 betsy May 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

I collect children’s book, my mother was a Kindergarden teacher so we have quite the collection.


9 CEO May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks for sharing the best books…. I always put your books on my list to get for Ms. Sophia.


PS I hope you are enjoying France…. it seems like a wonderful adventure.


10 CMN May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

I recently picked up this book too and so agree… it’s an easy book to love! I think one of my favorite things about well-illustrated children’s books is how the artwork does more than illustrate the text. It tells it’s own story, with little nuances and discoveries for the eager eye. Like the ‘hidden’ tale of the penguin and the red balloon in this book. Or the mouse. Or the rhino’s birds… They’re just all so charming!


11 Hannah/Sundry Mumsy May 10, 2011 at 11:59 am



12 kate@hautetotsBOS May 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

this has been a favorite in our household and oh so appropriate when youngest spent this past weekend in the hospital. she got a kick out of us re-naming it a sick day for lexi-lou. GREAT book…..


13 Mary A. May 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

We have this one, too. The author/illustrator are from right near us in Ann Arbor, MI. I especially love that they are a husband/wife team.


14 Jennifer May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

We gave this to our kids for Christmas and we’re still loving reading it. In fact my daughter asked to read it this morning.


15 Zoe May 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

What a sweet-looking book, and I adore the name. It’s now on my list for future gifts and for our own children.


16 r8chel May 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

This past Monday to Sunday was Children’s Book Week (, so I just finished writing a week’s worth of posts about a few of my favorite children’s books. In my final post, I opened it up for suggestions of other people’s favorite children’s books. Maybe I’ll start my own book-of-the-week series!


17 Elise May 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

We love Amos! I also loved learning about the husband and wife pair who created this darling book.


18 JennyLynn May 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Another fabulous book! Wishing I had youngsters or grandkids. Will have to find a reason to buy this book.


19 Kholisa May 11, 2011 at 3:27 am

We love this book too! My daughther (2) and son (5) both adore it. Love that you collect Caldecott books!


20 Jessica May 11, 2011 at 8:42 am

I don’t have kids (yet) but I’m soooo looking forward to starting a children’s book collection once the time is right. Thanks for introducing me to Amos McGee.

Also, the reintroduction to Caldecott books was great… I remember the seal from when I was a kiddo. What a refreshing post to read in the morning!


21 Melissa Taylor May 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

I particularly love the way the colors pop in the illustrations! The story is so sweet, it’s a favorite in our house, too.

Although we potentially too many bookshelves of favorite picture and chapter books, I never considered them a collection. Hmmm but, maybe.

Melissa :)


22 chi May 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

oooo. i collect little golden books. i heart charlie


23 betsy May 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

love the illustrations! I need to put that on our book list!


24 Megan May 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Totally forgot to mention! Some of the Caldecott winners have been translated into French. Wouldn’t it be fun to add those to your collection?

Example: 2006, The Hello, Goodbye Window=
La fenêtre magique : chez grand-papa et grand-maman

If you find them in France, I’d love to see them side by side. Please share!

I’d love to see them side by side!


25 Laura May 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I loved this one, too. I just started taking a class on the Caldecott Medal offered by the American Library Association and it is fascinating! It’s open to everyone, though it is a little steep if you’re not a member of ALA. (It *is* a 6-week class, though.) It’s repeated fairly often, if you’re interested:


26 ellen January 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

So many reasons to love this book! I’m a third grade teacher, certified to teach art, got married and changed my name to McGee (which makes my students love the book even more) AND I live in Ann Arbor, MI – where the author and illustrator live. They are as charming and lovely as the book they created. They have a wonderful back story and after meeting them, I liked the book even more!


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