In case you didn’t hear, the American Library Association announced its 2015 youth media awards on Monday. That includes the Caldecott Medal (for picture books), the Newbery Medal (for middle grade), various Coretta Scott King awards (recognizing African American authors and illustrators) and the Printz Award (for young adult books.)
While I’ve read several books that were honorees — like “Brown Girl Dreaming” and “El Deafo” — I haven’t read the top winners of either the Caldecott or the Newbery.
“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” written and illustrated by Dan Santat won the Caldecott. It’s the story of an imaginary friend seeking the perfect child to pair with. “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander won the Newbery. It’s a novel in verse about twin brothers dealing with growing up, family ties and basketball.
Count them among my to-read pile, along with a bunch of the others on the ALA list.
Also count this children’s book on my to-read pile when it debuts next month: “Rad American Women A-Z.” It’s an alphabet book featuring biographies of women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston. According to Bitch Magazine, the selected women are “diverse in terms of race, era, and in their field of work, ranging from scientists to writers and activists.” I can’t wait to check it out!
A book that came out this week that I hope to pick up soon is “One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” by Miranda Paul, who is in one of the online writers community I participate in. It’s the true story of five women tackling the plastic trash problem in their village.
What rad children’s books have you added to your to-read list lately?
4 thoughts on “Add these to your to-read pile! Newbery winner and more”
I just reviewed “Brown Girl Dreaming” on my blog, and I’ve requested the Beekle book from the library. The kids at our school library have been reading and enjoying “El Deafo.” So many of these sound great! I’ll be diving into them soon.
So much good stuff to read. Thank goodness kids’ books are short 🙂
Thanks for the RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A-Z shout-out! Let me know if you’d like a PDF of the ARC to review for your blog. Thanks!
Hi Kate, That would be great! I’ll email you.