2016 Newbery Gold Medal 2016 Caldecott Gold Medal Winner
Which book won both a Newbery and Caldecott award this year?
It all began with Rosie’s Walk by Pat Huchins…Regardless of whether they’re picture books or chapter books, I realized when reading this recently published book this past weekend, that I can’t seem to get enough of books with chickens as main characters.
Sophie Brown, the main character of this book is memorable, but what I enjoyed most about this book was its format. Kate Klise started a trend with her Regarding the… and her 43 Old Cemetery Road series, Drew Daywalt continued the trend with the 2015 Sakura Medal Picture Book winner, The Day the Crayons Quit, and Kelly Jones successfully told the entire story from the point-of-view of Sophie Brown through the letters she writes. When Sophie and her family move from the city to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm she wants to raise some animals. Needless to say, she is in for a surprise when some very unusual chickens show up at the farm. I recommend Unusual Chickens for An Exceptional Poultry Farm by Kelly Jones as a second or third grade read aloud.
Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Chapter Books you’ll love!
Don’t Be A Chicken…READ…Picture Books you’ll love!
***Note: Chick-O-Saurus Rex is a 2016 Sakura Medal contender and P. Zonka Lays An Egg is in the running for a Caldecott Medal.
CALDECOTT AWARD WINNERS
A retelling of the French fairy tale in which a clever cat wins his master a fortune and the hand of a princess.
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them accross the river on Wild Island. (Note: This is the first book in a series of three.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
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!