A Child's Calendar

A Child's Calendar Review

One of the first major award-winning titles to feature an interracial family, A Child's Calendar combines the star power of John Updike and Trina Schart Hyman.

Celebrate the little moments that make each month special in this Caldecott Honor book, featuring twelve poems about a family and the turn of the seasons. From the short, frozen days of January, through the light of summer, to the first snowflakes of December, Updike's poems rejoices in the familiar, wondrous qualities that make each part of the year unique.

Hyman's award-winning paintings--modeled after her own daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren--depict an interracial family going about the business of their lives throughout the year: sledding in January, watching fireworks in July, and playing in the autumn leaves.

A perfect read-aloud for the family, throughout the whole year.

Title:A Child's Calendar
Edition Language:English

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    A Child's Calendar Reviews

  • Calista

    I love this ode to each month. Picking out what stands out and then using a scene that floods me with memories. It’s a lovely story and it reads easy. The poem was written in the 60s by John Updike....

  • Julie

    One of my favorite writers and one of my favorite illustrators made a children's book together in 1965 and it took me this long to find it? Well, Happy Christmas to me!!This is my new love. If you enj...

  • Shanna Gonzalez

    This collection of modern-day poems convey the experiences of one year, with one poem for each month. Written skillfully in a gentle rhyming rhythm, and full of tactile, aesthetic details that will re...

  • Jonathan Peto

    The poems in this book are simple and charming. They depict a traditional or stereotypical vision of New England. If you have a childhood connection to that region, they may evoke sentimental feelings...

  • Alexandria

    My favorate month is June which is The sun is rich and gladly pays in golden hours, silver days, and long green weeks that never end. School's out. The time is ours to spend. There's little league, ho...

  • Samantha Penrose

    My five year old and I enjoyed the illustrations, but I think that the poetry went over his head. I would recommend this to an older child (8 - 10) or even just an adult reminiscing about their own ch...

  • Kirah Marshall

    1. This is a poetry book focused on the months within a Calendar year. Each month has it's own unique poem that encompasses what happens in each month. For example, in February, it mentions there is s...

  • Rachel Hancock

    "A Child's Calendar" by John Updike is a nice collection of poems about each month of the year. In the book, Updike goes through every month and shares a little about it and describes it in a poem. Th...

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    Poetry is just one of those things that I don't love anymore. However, this book is really not bad as a poetry book for children. The rhymes aren't clunky and they are easily read aloud. The only awkw...

  • Mitchell

    Caldecott honor picture book. Sure it was nice. Pretty good art, readable poems. A bit too rural for me. And plain. But it just didn't seem to have any zing. It just felt fake and flat. Which is too b...