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Prized Books for the New Year
Each year at the annual meeting of the American Library Association, the best known children's book awards are announced. Librarians spend tremendous amounts of time reading and rereading, examining and talking about books to be given the prized Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Just as much time is spent to determine other awards.
The Coretta Scott King Award is not as old as the Newbery and Caldecott awards but has become equally prestigious. Newer awards include the Sibert Award which notes distinguished books that present information to young readers and the Pura Belpré Award given for the affirmation of the Latino/Latina experience in books for young readers.
Each committee works diligently as it tries to highlight books that will continue to resonate with young readers long after the celebrations end. The success of their efforts is seen in books that can be read and enjoyed even generations later.
So, while you're waiting for the most recent award winners, start with these!
A Story, A Story
How did the world come to have stories? It's all because Ananse the Spider Man was able to perform three amazing feats — and send stories from Nyame throughout the world of people. Strong woodcuts illustrate this traditional tale which explains how stories came to earth.
Jackson Pollack’s style and energy in his piece Number 1 1950 earned him the nickname Action Jackson. This carefully crafted biography reveals the fascinating details of Pollack’s art, environment, and inspiration.
Fables are short tales of animals with an explicit (though gentle) moral. Lobel has written original fables which are sure to delight young readers. Each tale is accompanied by a large illustration to create humor, character, place, and pleasure.
Visit the town of Cranbury, nestled between Boston and New York, where the very talented Pye family lives. The Pyes have recently acquired an intellectual dog named Ginger Pye — that is until someone steals this captivating hound!
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale & Counting Book
What's an old woman to do when a skeleton comes to visit? Keep him waiting, of course, while busy doing things from 1 to 10, culminating in a festive birthday celebration. Lively language and illustrations make this original tale memorable.
Eleven year old Marty must decide whether or not to return an abused beagle to its rightful owner, an unkind man. His dilemma includes hiding the dog, Shiloh, telling his parents the truth, and more in this riveting, award-winning novel which is ideal to read aloud with slightly sophisticated listeners. It was adapted into a live action film in 2000.
Song and Dance Man
Grandpa regales his visiting grandchildren when he revisits his days as a song and dance man — complete with banjo and jokes. Illustrations sparkle, showing Grandpa once again young and the delight his revisited youth creates.
The Bossy Gallito: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
Travel with Bossy Rooster to his uncle's wedding. Of course the road is not entirely smooth in this cumulative, handsomely illustrated tale from Cuba — and that's when the fun begins!
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
The girl who tended horses loved them so much that she joined them, literally! The carefully crafted, handsomely rendered illustrations echo the Native tradition studied by the reteller/illustrator.
The Patchwork Quilt
When Tanya's much loved grandmother becomes ill, Tanya inspires the entire family to help her finish the quilt — and the family history it reveals. This warm story is lovingly told with sensitive, beautiful watercolor illustrations.
Join a boy as he takes you uptown to introduce his Harlem home, filled with excitement, sounds, and verve. Illustrations use watercolor and collage to present a vibrant, music-filled place sure to please.
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