Wednesday, January 20, 2016

And the Winner is . . .

The winners and honour books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced last week. The Newbery Medal was first awarded in 1922 and is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published in the previous year. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The 2016 Newbery winner is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.  The choice was surprising to some as this is a picture book and the Newbery usually goes to a chapter book! 

The Newbery Honor books include:

The War that Saved my Life. Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.

Recent Newbery winners include The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2015), Flora & Ullysses: The Illulminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (2013), and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

The Honor Books are also very well-known titles including El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson in 2015.  If you want a list of recent winners, go to the ALA website here.

The Caldecott Medal was awarded to Sophie Blackall, illustrator of Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. The author is Lindsay Mattick and the publisher is Little, Brown and Company.

The Honor Books include:

Trombone Shorty.  llustrator Bryan Collier, Author Troy Andrews.

Waiting. Illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes.

Voice of Freedom:  Fannie Lous Maner, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Author Carole Boston Weatherford.


Last Stop on Market Street. Illustrator Christian Robinson. Author Matt de la Pena.

Recent winners of the Caldecott include The Adventures of Beekle:  The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (2015), Locomotive by Brian Floca (2014) and This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (2013).

The Newbery and Caldecott books are staples for your library collection, whether it be your classroom library or school library.  They appeal to a wide audience of readers, including adults!  I also find that it is not unusual for a book to be honoured in different categories (even though a book does not usually win in both Newbery and Caldecott categories). This year The War That Saved My Life was named the top audio book as well as being an honor book. The Crossover in 2015 earned several awards as well as the Newbery.

Many schools and teachers have a Mock Caldecott and/or Newbery process in their schools. The students nominate books and eventually vote on their own winners.  You can find many samples online to guide you if you would like to try this out.

John Schumacher from The Nerdy Book Club is making an attempt to read ALL the Caldecott and Newbery winners from 1922 to the present (some are difficult to find). Check out the lists and see how many you could already check off your list!

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