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Caldcott Books and Newbery Books

The Randolph Caldecott Metal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded

 annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of

 the most distinguished American picture book for children.

*The 2013 Caldecott Winner*
This Is Not My Hat

Illustrated and written by: Jon Klassen
Published by: Candlewick Press

  When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly),

 trouble could be following close behind.

So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up.

And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .

The Caldecott Honor Medal

*2013 Honor(s)*

Creepy Carrots

  Written by: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter Brown

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.

He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.

He eats them walking home Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?

Extra Yarn

Written by: Mac Barnett

Illustrated by: Jon Klassen

Published by: Balzer + Bray

This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn.

But it turns out it isn’t.






Illustrated and Written by: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Published by: Neal Porter Books

In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh

approach to the multiple meanings of "green."

Using thickly-layered acrylics, word paintings and cleverly placed die cuts,

she invites readers to pause, pay attention and wonder.




One Cool Friend


 Written by: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrated by: David Small

Published by: Dial Books for Young Reader

Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale of Father,

Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two). 

Buzzeo's text, brimming with sly wordplay, earns its perfect counterpoint in Small's ink,

               watercolor and pencil illustrations with chilly details and visual jokes

       that invite many repeated readings.


Sleep Like a Tiger


Written by: Mary Logue

Illustrated by: Pamela Zagarenski

Published By:  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and repeated visual motifs,

her parents coax her into bed.

  Using mixing media artwork on wood enhanced with computer illustrations,

this is a whimsical story with universal appeal.



Newbery Medal



The One and Only Ivan

Written  By: Katherine Applegate

Published By: HarperCollins Children's Book

Ivan's transformative emergence from the "Ape at Exit 8" to "The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,"

comes to life through the gorilla's own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor,

deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship,

hope and humanity.



2013 Honor Books


Splendors and Glooms


Written By: Laura Amy Schlitz

Published By: Candlewick Press

Lizzir Rose, Parsefall and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch

in this deliciously dark and complex tale in Dickensain England,

where adventure and suspense are interwoven into

nuanced explorations of good versus evil.




The Race to Build

and Steal

the World's Most

Dangerous Weapon


Written By: Steve Sheinkin

Published By: Flash Point

Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy,

"Bomb" is a riveting historical nonfiction drama.

Sheinkin's engaging narrative explores the complex series of events

that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many

memorable personalities involved in pursuit.



Three Times Lucky


Written By: Shelia Turnage

Published By: Dial Books for Young Readers

In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau

leads the eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina,

on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue

as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.