Marcie Taylor

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ALA Announces Caldecott and Newbery Medal Books for 2013

Pop quiz: What do books A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’engle), Holes (Louis Sachar) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)have in common? They are all Newbery Medal winners. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.

This year’s Newbery Medal went to: “The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate.The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. The book is about a gorilla named Ivan, who is more accustomed to human life than he is to jungle life. The author blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s first-person narration.

Take a look at this official book trailer.

Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz; “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin; and “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage.

For younger readers, there are the Caldecott Medal-winning books. Previous winners may sound familiar as they have all become classics like “Make Way for Ducklings,” “Jumanji,” and “The Polar Express.”

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. This year’s Caldecott Medal winner is “This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen. The book, published by Candlewick Press, is about a tiny fish who finds a hat and knows it’s wrong to steal a hat but…well, take a look at this little teaser:

Five Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Creepy Carrots!” illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds; “Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; “Green,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; “One Cool Friend,”llustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo; and “Sleep Like a Tiger,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue.


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