2016 Newbery Gold Medal 2016 Caldecott Gold Medal Winner
Which book won both a Newbery and Caldecott award this year?
I have recently started reading more graphic novels, and I understand now why this genre is a student favorite. These graphic novels have believable characters whom experience real-life problems that we can all identify with as readers. More importantly, graphic novels are not just for boys.
Graphic novels are recognized as a serious written art form. Two years running, a graphic novel has won the prestigious Newbery Award. Last year the autobiography, El Deafo, by Cece Bell won a Newbery Honor and this year, newcomer Victoria Jamieson, won a Newbery Honor with her graphic novel, Roller Girl.
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Here is a taste of Raina Telegmeir’s new graphic novel, Sisters.
Cece Bell talks about her graphic novel, El Deafo.
This year I found it hard to narrow my Caldecott Contenders to 20+ books. This seemed to me to be “The Year of the Picture Book”; however, all four of the winners were on my Caldecott Contender list this year. If had chosen the gold it would have gone to Flora the Flamingo.
If you haven’t had a chance to read any of the winners or the books I picked as Caldecott Contenders, stop by the library today. They are on display and ready for checkout along the blue wall in the Picture Book Section. I purchased multiple copies of all of these books, so more patrons could enjoy these amazing books!
Gold Medal Winner
Newbery Honor Books
Four of the five winners were in my First Round of Newbery Contenders….I absolutely loved the books on my First Round List. My favorite character of the year was Georgia Burkhardt in the book One Came Home. I adored this book and had my fingers crossed, but wasn’t sure the judges would vote for it. Had I been on the committee, I would have fought hard for One Came Home. This was an historical/murder mystery that I couldn’t put down. The most creative book of the year was a toss up for me…I couldn’t decide between Flora and Ulysses and A Tangle of Knots. The Year of Billy Miller will keep fans of last year’s book Wonder with a good read in their hands. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, and I can see it becoming a mentor text or read aloud in many classrooms for years to come. Just like Splendors and Glooms (2012), Doll Bones was one of those books that I appreciated for the writing, and felt it was a strong contender for a Newbery, but would have probably steered away from as a child because this genre would have kept me up at night. On another note, Doll Bones is probably the most creative coming-of-age book I have ever read. I thought that the historical context Paperboy might be a reach for most elementary students; I would recommend this book to students who have some background knowledge of the summer of 1959, the beginning of the civil rights movement and the segregated south. The only book that I’m saddened to see didn’t make the final cut was A Tangle of Knots, although it didn’t receive a Newbery, I feel it is going to be a sure hit with readers who love quirky characters and have the patience to untangle a good plot.