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 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 ).