And the winners are…

-posted by Meghan

The winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Medals (as well as a host of other Children’s Book Awards) were announced earlier this week, and since we agree so strongly with both Medal winners, we wanted to mention it.

The Caldecott Medal went to Jerry Pinkney for The Lion and the Mouse.  If you’re not familiar with Pinkney’s work, John Henry is another personal favorite you might want to check out, and as you can see, his art is always staggeringly beautiful.  This is one of those books that will grow with your child, though there are few words at all.  You just can’t stop staring at the beautiful pictures, and finding something new in the expressions on the lion and mouse faces…

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, is the winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal.  It’s fitting, since the book that figures prominently in the book,  A Wrinkle in Time won this award in 1963.  This is on my “to read” list, but I have to admit, since Wrinkle is one of my all time favorite books by my all time favorite author, I’ve been a little hesitant to pick it up.  But reassured by both my mother, who ADORED it and insists I will love it (feel free to chime in here Mom!) and now the Newbery committee, it’s moved up to first position.  I can’t wait.

And I can’t wait to explore more fully all the Newbury, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Prinze and National Book Award medal and honor winners.  What a great way to keep up with the latest in the phenomenal world of Lit for Kids!

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