Those who know me know that I always eagerly look forward to the ALA Book Awards for young people. In particular, we focus on the Newbery and Caldecott medal winning books. This year we also purchased winner and honor books for the Theodor Seuss Geisel award and the Robert Sibert award. Newbery is best-written book of 2019. Caldecott is best illustrated picture book. Geisel is best early reader. Sibert is best informational book.
As you're probably already aware, this year was the first-ever time the winner of the Newbery medal has been a graphic novel! This is the oldest American children's book award, having begun in 1922.
Here's the press release from the ALA. Here is what we purchased this week, hitting the internet as soon as we arrived back at the school from the firehouse field trip. Boxes of books have been arriving at my door ever since.
John Newbery Medal
for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“New Kid,” written by Jerry Craft, is the 2020 Newbery Medal winner. The book is illustrated by the author and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. We got two copies!
We also bought all four Newbery Honor Books:
by Kwame Alexander
Scary Stories for Young Foxes
by Christian McKay Heidicker
Other Words for Home
by Jasmine Warga
Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia Williams
Randolph Caldecott Medal
for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“The Undefeated,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the 2020 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Kwame Alexander and published by Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander
We also bought all three Caldecott Honor Books:
Bear Came Along
illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris
Double Bass Blues
illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney
Going Down Home with Daddy
illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
for the most distinguished informational book for children:
“Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story,” written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
by Kevin Noble Maillard
We also bought one of the four Sibert Honor Books:
All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World
by Lori Alexander
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
“Stop! Bot!” written and illustrated by James Yang. The book is published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers.
by James Yang
We also bought all three of the Geisel Honor Books:
Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!
by Cece Bell
Flubby is Not a Good Pet!
by J.E. Morris
The Book Hog
by Greg Pizzoli
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