Award-Winning Children’s Books

book coverIt’s that time of year that the American Library Association gives out its annual book awards. Perhaps the two best known are those for children—the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal. The Newbery Medal is awarded to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” and the Caldecott to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

book coverThis year’s winner of the Newbery went to Clare Vanderpool for her debut novel, Moon over Manifest, published by Delacorte Press. The Caldecott Medal winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead, and published by Roaring Brook Press.

Congratulations to these authors!

So, what’s your favorite children’s book?


5 thoughts on “Award-Winning Children’s Books

  1. I have always been a fan of Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings,” which takes place in Boston. Every Mother’s Day Boston holds a Make Way for Ducklings Parade for families and young children. My grandson lives in Boston, and I was thrilled to march in the 2009 parade with a very small Henry wearing duckie sleepers. “Charlotte’s Web” is another favorite.


  2. I’ve always loved From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg. It won the Newbery Medal in 1968. I listened to it again as an audiobook last year, and I was surprised how much I still liked it.


  3. The best kids’ books ever are The Island of Nose (with full frontal nudity!) by Jan Verburg and Annie Schmidt, and The Marvelous Mud Washing Machine by Patty Wolcott and Richard Brown. Unfortunately, both books are very hard to find.


    • Oh, and The Maggie B by Irene Haas is also excellent, as is The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico. And don’t forget the timeless classic, Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty.


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