In our house, we love the Knuffle Bunny books, Olivia, Grandpa Green, Jumanji, Freight Train and Because of Winn-Dixie. Turns out, we love them for a reason… they’re good! We’re not the only ones who think so, they are all previous Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners or honor books.
Now awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, these awards have been recognizing an important literary genre since the early 20th century. Awarded since 1922, The Newbery Medal is awarded each year for “the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.” The Caldecott Medal followed almost 15 years later as many began to recognize that the artists creating children’s illustrated books were worthy of honor and recognition as well.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal and the new winners and honorees for both medals have just been announced.
2013 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books
Winner – This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
It is wrong to steal. One little fish knows that and must face the consequences. Klassen’s illustrations deliver dramatic irony as readers discover things the narrator has yet to discover.
Honor Books – Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds; Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo; and Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue.
2013 Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books
Winner – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Written from a gorilla’s perspective, The One and Only Ivan challenges young readers to think about friendships and humanity.
Honor Books – Splendors and Gloom by Laura Amy Schlitz; Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Shop! Shop all the new award winners at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.