Monday, February 2, 2015

High Honors in the Children's Book World

The Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners were announced today by the American Library Association. The Newbery and Caldecott Awards are the highest honors children’s authors and illustrators can win in the United States, and this year’s winners are:

Newbery Medal:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honors:

Caldecott Medal:
The Adventures of Beekle written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Caldecott Honors:
  • Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary Grandpr√©
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett; JF B
  • This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki

Because February is Black History Month, the library wants to share some Newbery and Caldecott trivia with you too.  

Leo Dillon was the first African American to receive the Caldecott Medal, and he received it for the illustrations he did with his wife for the book Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. The couple won the medal again the next year for the book Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (Fox, 2012).

The first African American to win the Newbery Medal was Virginia Hamilton for M.C. Higgins the Great in 1975. The book also won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe- Horn Book Award (Virginia Hamilton, 2015). 

The Coretta Scott King Award is given to African American authors and illustrators in honor of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Coretta Scott King winners were also announced today, and the winners are:

Coretta Scott King author award winner
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; 811.54 W898b

Coretta Scott King illustrator winner
Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers and written by Misty Copeland

The library has several Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award winners. Please ask one of the librarians if you are interested in borrowing some of the highlighted titles below or any other books from the library. We will be glad to help you.


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