While the rest of the world is keeping an eye on the Oscars, debating which movies or actors should win, I’m keeping mine on the Newbery and Caldecott awards. While the Oscars give great acclaim to film, no one expects to be forced to watch them (unless perhaps you’re a film student), but every student knows that the Newbery will show up on their assigned reading list. Since 1922 the Newbery has been handed out to what the American Library Association considers the most distinguished children’s book published the previous year. Stumped on whether you’ve read a Newbery winner or runner up? Just click here for a list of past winners.
The Newbery is the only exciting book award for me; as an art student I eagerly anticipate who will win the Caldecott each year. The Association for Library Service to Children (part of ALA) awards the most distinguished American picture book for children to the an illustrator annually. A little younger than its Newbery counterpart, the Caldecott started in 1938 first given to Dorothy Lathrop for Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book. A list of amazing Caldecott winning artists can be found here.
The 2009 Newbery Winner
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Dave McKean
2009 Newbery Honors
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small
The Surrender Tree Poems: poems of Cuba’s struggle for freedom by Margrita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac and D Foster
The 2009 Caldecott Winner
The House in the Night Illustrations by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson
A Couple of Boys Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Illustrations by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant