Friday, February 7, 2014

Caldecott & Newbery Awards {2014}

This is a very exciting time of year for teachers, librarians, and reading enthusiasts. On January 27th, the Caldecott and Newbery award winners were announced, along with a bevy of other awards that recognize great authors and illustrators in children's and young adult's literature. The authors and illustrators behind these books are the best of the best, and books with the golden and silver seals are revered by readers of all ages.

This year, the American Library Association offered a livestream of the award announcements. On the morning of, I sat at my computer watching the entire ceremony live, waiting for the moment when they would announce these two awards. Though you may have seen some of these books featured on shelves in local bookstores and libraries, I thought it would be fun to round up all of the honorees and winners here.

The Caldecott Award
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." - From the ALA Website. You can read more about the organization and the award here.

2014 Honor Books
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Journey by Aaron Becker*

2014 Caldecott Award Winner
Locomotive by Brian Floca

The Newbery Award
"The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." - From the ALA Website. You can learn more about this award here.

2014 Honor Books
Paper Boy by Vince Vawter*

2014 Newbery Award Winner

I haven't read most of these yet, but I am looking forward to putting them on my to-read list. As a future teacher, I hope to be able to add many of these award winners to my classroom shelves over the years. They are sure to inspire young readers and young writers!

*I usually don't like to link directly to online booksellers, but these books are not yet listed on Goodreads, so I've linked them to Amazon (though they can be easily found through other vendors, such as Barnes & Noble). 

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