THE CALDECOTT MEDAL (1996)
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
This sort had a little of everything; vibrant illustrations, comical characters, and a very important lesson and safety tip #101 “Always stick with your buddy!” Officer Buckle is simply and officer and Gloria is simply a dog, but like little Claire says, they make a great team. The two working together really made a difference and kept everyone safe.
CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD (2014)
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
This book is a sequel to One Crazy Summer, which I could not find in the library; regardless, this story stands alone and Williams-Garcia uses the standard coming-of-age tale, but in an interesting format, being set in the late 1960s. It was a longer read, but it is a beautiful story with lots of culture and history.
THE PURA BELPRE AWARD (2014)
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
This book was so cute! All little boys love to ruff house and Niño is no exception; he’s a big fan of lucha libre and is a great performer. I loved Morales illustrations for his creative, comic book style. This is a great book for children to learn a little more Spanish or a little more English in a very fun way.
THEODOR SUESS GEISEL AWARD (2013)
Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long
This book is adorable! I can just hear preschoolers’ voices in these three silly birds! You may not be tall, or, small, or be able to fly, but in then end you help out your friends and accept who you are! I love the classic, fun fold-outs that are placed throughout the book and I don’t know any kid who wouldn’t love this short zany story.
THE SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD (2011)
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon
I remember when I found out I needed glasses in second grade. I was thrilled because that meant I got to look just like my mom and dad, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t scared. Ginny seemed different to her classmates and her teacher because she ran into things and read funny, but she wasn’t differen’t; she just couldn’t see. Lyon and illustrator Lynne Avril did a marvelous job of showing a child’s point of view with a disability experience.
THE ROBERT F. SIBERT MEDAL (2003)
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin
I read this book on and off throughout the week and though history isn’t really my jam I can see how someone would enjoy this book. From what I read Giblin’s tone is very straightforward and rational therefore making my opinions of Hitler also straightforward and rational. Though, he was a sadistic and troubled man, he was also quite brilliant and a very powerful figure still today.
THE GOLDEN SOWER AWARD
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kaska
This was such a cute spin on the classic trickster tale of fox vs. pig. Pig ‘accidentally’ knocks on the wrong door; fox’s door and complies to the fox’s wish to eat him, but pig wants to make the experience most pleasurable for the fox (himself) so he talks fox into giving him a bath, cooking him dinner, and tenderizing his meat with a nice massage. Soon the fox is so tried he passes out and pig goes on home where we find out this was his plan all along.
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