The American Library Association announces this year’s 2013 most distinguished books for children with the Caldecott and Newbery Medal awards. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. It can be a picture book, but much more often it is a full length book. It can be either fiction or nonfiction, although most commonly it is fiction.
Stop by the library to pick up one or more of these outstanding books for children.
2013 Caldecott Medal Winner
This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen
This darkly humorous tale will take kids by surprise as they wonder about the little fish that steals the enormous fish's hat and thinks he can get away with it.
2013 Caldecott Honor Books
Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter Brown written by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper the rabbit loves carrots until he notices they are everywhere. He is convinced they’re coming for him!
Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen written by Mac Barnett
A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl's transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn.
Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh approach to the multiple meanings of “green.”
One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small written by Toni Buzzeo
Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale of Father, Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two).
Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski written by Mary Logue
Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and repeated visual motifs, a little girl’s parents coax her into bed.
2013 Newbery Medal Winner
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
This is a book that will touch your heart, make you think deeply about the way we treat animals. Even more than that, it will lead to conversations about friendship, humanity and respect.
2013 Newbery Honor Books
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Lizzie Rose, Parsefall and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex tale set in Dickensian England, where adventure and suspense are interwoven into nuanced explorations of good versus evil.
Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin
Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy, “Bomb” is a riveting historical nonfiction drama.
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.