History was made in Boston this January as the American Library Association awarded the annual Youth Media Awards.
I was thrilled to be present for both the announcement of the Caldecott Medal to Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear and the historic, exciting, and shocking announcement of the Newbery Award to Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street. This is the first time a picture book has won the Newbery; the news was met with thunderous applause both in Boston and by our students in Williamsburg.
The Library’s annual Caldecott study is a wonderful time for the school to come together to share common books. Each class develops, practices, and refines their critical thinking skills, deepening their relationships with literature and promoting a lifelong love of books.
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. (“Caldecott Medal Home Page” American Library Association. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.)
2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal
“Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick Kindergarten – Gr 4
Caldecott Honor Books:
“Trombone Shorty,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews Gr 1 – 4
“Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes Preschool – Gr 2
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford Gr 4 Up
“Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña Preschool – Gr 2
2016 John Newbery Medal
for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
“Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson Preschool – Gr 2
Newbery Honor Books:
“The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Gr 4 Up
“Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson Gr 4 Up
“Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan Gr 5 Up
I cannot fail to mention one of my favorite (and most under-the-radar to non-book folk) awards – the Geisel. The “Dr. Seuss” award is given to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book for beginning readers.
2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
“Don’t Throw It to Mo!” written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks Kindergarten – Gr 2
Geisel Honor Books:
“A Pig, a Fox, and a Box,” written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske Kindergarten – Gr 2
“Supertruck,” written and illustrated by Stephen Savage Preschool – Gr 2
“Waiting,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes Preschool – Gr 2
You’ll again note some crossover here – Kevin Henkes’ Waiting won both a Caldecott and Geisel honor. (It’s also one of my favorites of the year so perhaps that makes three honors.) I was also quite happy to see Stephen Savage make the list for Supertruck. Savage, as longtime Northsiders know, is one of my go-to recommended authors and it’s exciting to see his dynamic work recognized.
I hope these award lists thrill and inspire you as much as they do our students and me. Stop by the Library to check out the winners!