Yesterday was the announcement of several major awards for children's literature, including the annual Caldecott and Newbery Awards. The John Newbery award recognizes the most outstanding contribution to children's literature. The Randolph Caldecott Award recognizes the most distinguished American picture book for children. Read and enjoy them with your child! They can all be found at the Naperville Public Library.
This year's winner of the Newbery Award is The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Three Newbery Honors were also selected: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it's too late.
Bomb: The Race to Build-And Steal-The World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. As Allies thwarted Nazi efforts to build an atomic bomb, Americans rushed to create their own nuclear weapon-unaware that the Soviets were stealing their plans.
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage. Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seem implicated in a murder.
This year's winner of the Caldecott Award is This is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen. A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.
Five Caldecott Honors were chosen, including Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds. The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett. With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.
One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small and written by Toni Buzzeo. A very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the acquarium and wants to take one home with him.
A full list of all award winners can be found on the American Library Association's website. Happy reading!