Monday, January 23, 2012

Caldecott & Newbery Awards 2012

All those book lovers who work with children anticipate this day - the announcement of the 2012 Awards, in particular the Caldecott and the Newbery winners and  honor books.

This year a somewhat biographical fictional book about a boy who gets grounded by his parents and for punishment must work for an old neighbor-lady writing obituaries was named the Newbery winner  Written by Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt grabs you from the get-go and can be both humorous and enlightening at times.  The story does wane off a bit at the end, but stick with it; you won't be sorry.

The two Newbery honor books are: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai; and Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.

The American Library Association also awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children to A Ball for Daisy , illustrated and written by Chris Raschka.  This is a wordless picture book utilizing Raschka's signature style illustrations to tell the story of Daisy, a dog who loses her ball and then gets a new one. 

Three Caldecott Honor Books were also named: Blackout by John Rocco; Grandpa Green by Lane Smith; and Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell (the wonderful creator of the magnificant comic strip MUTTS ).

The third award I watch closely is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning reader books.  This year the award went to Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. There were three Geisel Honor Books that you might want to check out too: I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems; I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen; and See Me Run by Paul Meisel.

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