2011 Caldecott Medal: A Sick Day for Amos McGee


A Sick Day for Amos McGee is the product of another husband and wife team. Philip C. Stead wrote the sweet tale of Amos McGee, an employee of the City Zoo who always has time for his friends (running races with the tortoise, reading bedtime stories to the owl, who is afraid of the dark.) One day Amos is too sick to make it to work – so his friends come to him!

Erin E. Stead is responsible for the charming illustrations, which were made by drawing on top of woodblock prints (You can read about her process here). The colors are muted (with some pops of red) and the images are delightful. The page showing Amos’ animal friends waiting of the bus is a particular favorite of mine.

Impressively, this is the first book Stead ever illustrated. Talk about starting on a high note! She has since illustrated 3 other books, each of which I love. Definitely worth checking out all of her work.

This is the first of the Caldecott books that Frances whole-heartedly embraced. It was a regular part of our bedtime story rotation while we had it out of the library.


One of my Life List goals is to read all of the Caldecott winners. This is my third post about a Caldecott book. You can read the other Caldecott posts here.

2011 Caldecott Medal: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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