LCNV Family Learning Program Specialist Highlights Recent Children’s Literature Award Winners

February 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Flora_and_UlyssesThe American Library Association announced the winners of its coveted youth media awards on January 27.  The list of winners can be found here:  http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners.

The most well-known of these awards are the Newbery and Caldecott.  The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to Kate DiCamillo for “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.”  This is a big year for Kate DiCamillo who was recently named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014-2015.  It is clear why she would be a good candidate for Ambassador as this is not the first time DiCamillo’s work has been recognized by the ALA.  In 2004 her book “The Tale of Despereaux” received the Newbery award and in 2001 her novel “Because of Winn Dixie” was a Newbery Honor Book.  Although it is not an ALA award, her 2001 novel “Tiger Rising” was a National Book Award Finalist.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to “Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca.  It also received a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor for being a distinguished informational book for children.  It is nice to see a non-fiction book receive the Caldecott Medal.  The book recently caught my eye because of the striking image of the front of a train on its cover, but I haven’t had a chance to read it.  It is moving to the top of my list.

A Randolph Caldecott Honor book that I am excited about is “Journey” by Aaron Becker.  I am a huge fan of wordless books for numerous reasons, especially for how they lend themselves to families sharing stories together.  The illustrations in this book are truly magical and rich. 

Another award I would like to highlight is the Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.  This year’s winner is “Niño Wrestles the World,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  Yuyi Morales is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  Her books “Just a Minute” and “Just in Case” are always on repeat in my household.  A poster of “Just a Minute” hangs next to my desk at the LCNV office.  It has hung over two desks prior to this one.  I can’t wait to add “Niño Wrestles the World” to my family’s home library.

Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Program Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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