Award-winning children’s books! Let’s read.

Award-winning children’s books!  In addition to awards for movies, stage and television, February brings awards for children’s books, too.

Award-winning books for 2018

award-winning children's booksThe American Library Association (ALA) announces annual winners in youth media. ALA announces winners at its midwinter meeting, held this year in Colorado. There are many categories and many new award-winning children’s books to review.  We have chosen three to share with you here.



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Our first award-winning children’s book is the 2018 winner of the John Newberry Medal for outstanding children’s literature.  award-winning children's booksWritten by Erin Entrada Kelly, this gem reminds us of another masterpiece, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.  Written from the perspectives of four different middle school children, Kelly’s book explores prejudice, bullying, loyalty and courage.

“Sometimes life calls on you even when you don’t raise your hand.”

Kelly’s book celebrates diversity in a way that feels natural and the way the world should work. She also explores a type of romantic interest among middle-graders that is more about friendship that anything else. Brace yourself and your child for the bully, take a deep breath during the crisis, and celebrate the courage to say “hello.”

award-winning children's books

Award-winning children’s books without words

award-winning children's booksThe 2018 winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children is Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell.  A charming story without words, this book encourages children to use their imaginations to put words with the pictures.  A great way to help your children develop vocabulary, meaning and emotion!

Our children are too old for this book now, but we remember – fondly – reaching for our family’s then-favorite wordless book, Good Dog, Carl.  A treasure!


And our next book to read is……….

Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watsonaward-winning children's booksWinner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Award, this novel tells the story of a teen girl from a poor neighborhood trying to be successful.

For this girl, success means leaving her neighborhood.  We wonder what lies ahead for her?

Cynthia has ordered the book and will read it this month!


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