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Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for
Amos McGee

written by Philip Christian Stead

illustrated by Erin E Stead



  • 2011 Randolph Caldecott Medal
  • 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award/Honor Book
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2010
  • New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best (2010)
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2011 Notable Children's Books


  • One of seven finalists for the 2010 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (CYBILS) in the Fiction Picture Books category.
Articles, Interviews, and Videos
NPR Interview with Erin and Philip
On July 29, 2011, NPR's "From Scratch" interviewed Philip and Erin. Listen to how "Amos McGee" came to life. Philip and Erin also discuss how they met and how they work together.
Thebookbandit's Blog: Book of the Week
On May 23, 2011, this book blog designated Amos as the book of the week. The blogger very succinctly describes why this book is special.
The Macomb Daily features Philip and Erin
The Macomb Daily of Macomb County Michigan (north of Detroit) featured Philip and Erin in this story published on May 16, 2011.
Meet the Steads
Posted on May 9, 2011, this blog features Philip and Erin during their trip to New York at the end of April. Among other things, you will learn where Amos McGee got his last name.
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
This is the ALSC's Caldecott Medal Home Page. The 2011 Medalist, of course, is featured as well as a link to all of the Caledecott Medalist since its inception in 1938.
Behind the Scenes of a Sick Day
Nicole Haley, a long-time friend of Philip and Erin, is a wonderful photographer. A few days after Erin received the Caldecott Medal, Nicole visited the Barn and captured some great photos.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee: Look at those faces!
This is one of the best reviews I have read to date. The blogger shares both her impressions as well has the reactions of her children.
Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac
March 30th is National Doctor Day and Anita Silvey recommends "A Sick Day For Amos McGee" as the perfect book to celebrate the day.
Read Me A Story
This blog is described as: "One parent's (and her kids') guide to navigating the library and bookstore. My recommendations in children's books and literature"
In this blog, she relates how she thought that A Sick Day for Amos McGee was a vintage book that she somehow overlooked.
Erin's Caldecott
In February The Ann Arbor Observer printed a great story about Erin and Philip.
Trust the Process
A well worded blog that commends the Caldecott committee for their work and their choice of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee".
Detroit Free Press (Feb 13, 2011) Couples Who Work Together
The "Life" section of the Sunday Detroit Free Press featured 3 couples who work together with one of the couples being Erin and Philip.
Boston Globe Reviews "Amos"
On February 6, 2011, Liz Rosenberg reviewed A Sick Day for Amos McGee for The Boston Globe. She state: "Few books are perfect; this one is. It will bear up under many rereadings, thanks to the firm structure of its prose, the visual jokes and surprises throughout."
Noticing the Balloon...and More
A blog entitled "Extended Shelf Life" shares how children reacted to a reading of A Sick Day for Amos McGee".
New York Times Best Seller
In January 2011, after the ALA Caldecott Medal announcement, "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" made it to the New York Times Best Sellling Children's Book list. As of July 15, 2011 it is the #2 book having been in the top 10 for 26 weeks.
Erin Discusses Her Process
In this audio file, Erin discusses the process for illustrating A Sick Day for Amos McGee
What Some Children Have to Say
This site presents some very short videos of children who comment on the book. Very cute! Once the page loads, simply click on the video you want to view and then click "Play".
Book Review & Modified Woodblock Printmaking for Kids Activity
Not only is this a very good review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, it is also an interesting activity based on the book.
Back at Home with Newbery, Caldecott Winners
The School Library Journal interviewed Clare Vanderpool, Newbery winner for Moon over Manifest, and Erin a few days after the awarding of the medals. One slight correction to the text: Philip Stead's next book is called Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat. The article has a typo–"Bog" instead of "Big"
The Toledo Blade Interviews Erin
The Toledo Blade made a trip to Ann Arbor last week to interview Erin and Philip. The article was published on January 23, 2011. Included are a few pictures taken at the Barn— Erin and Philip's current domicile.
1st Printing Now a Collectable
The first editions of Caldecott Medal books have high collectibility the moment the awards are announced. "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" is no exception.
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: A Look At Erin's Process
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast was one of the first blogs to review "A Sick Day for Amos McGee". The link above was posted on July 5, 2009, six weeks after "Amos" was released. In this blog, Erin discusses how she created the illustrations. You can follow one of the illustrations from conception to completion.
Nicola's Books Interview Erin
Nicola's Books is a great independent bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI. Shorly after the announcement, Erin was interviewed by them.
WCC Instructor and Wife Share Caldecott Medal
Philip teaches graphic design at Washtenaw Community College. On the day after the announcement, WCC published the news.
Collecting Children's Books: Erin Stead Sets Record
Peter D. Sieruta writes an excellent blog called Collecting Children's Books. After the announcement of the Newbery and Caldecott Medalist, he posted some comments including, in his discussion of "A Sick Day for Amos McGee", that Erin is the youngest person to win the Caldecott Medal.
The Publishers Weekly
A wonderful article entitled: 'Hello? It's the ALA Calling': Stead and Vanderpool on Winning the Big Prize . Includes are images of Erin and her publisher, Neal Porter.
Detroit Free Press article
The day after the announcement by the ALA committee, Erin appeared on the front page the Detroit Free Press. This is the article that appeared on the first page of the "Life" section on January 11, 2011.
The American Library Association "ALA News" announcement of the 2011 winners
The 2011 Newbery and Caldecott winners as well as the Honor awards are listed.
Newbery, Caldecott, and Today
For the past 11 years, the Today show has featured the Newbery and Caldecott recipients on the day after the announcement. This year, however, the producers of Today felt that Snooki was more newsworthy. The School Library Journal has written this article in response to the decision of the Today show.
youtube and the Caldecott
Rat Chat's Stanley and Maurice make the 2011 announcement.

and now for the actual announcement at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference in San Diego, CA.
Congratulations to Erin
Books, Inc, a large independent bookstore chain in California, extends a hearty congratulations to Erin on her entry into the Caldecott pantheon.
Amos with his friends

Erin and Philip, you have done very well.

Robert and Angela Stead
(proud parents)

images courtesy of Erin E Stead