The Caldecott and Newbery Are Here!

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 by  Jacqueline Woodson

The 2009 Caldecott Winner

The House in the Night Illustrations by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

Caldecott Honors:

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

2 Responses to “The Caldecott and Newbery Are Here!”

  1. January 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    To make it easier for you to find these award winners, Youth Services at Main has separated all of the Newbery and Caldecott books out of the regular collection. They are now located on the wall by Sarah McCarville's office across from the door to the storytelling room. Come "check" them out!

  2. February 6, 2009 at 5:49 am #

    I haven't yet read the Newbery winner, but I did receive the Caldecott on hold. I had not seen it before the award was announced. It is a gorgeous book! I tend to be attracted to black and white illustrations anyway, and the yellow that is used is a nice change from, say, the red that is often (though not always!) used. I believe it's a great choice for the Caldecott!