An Exciting Day for Children's Books

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2011 Caldecott and Newbery awards.

2011 Caldecott Medal Winner

A sick day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests."--Dust jacket.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal is chosen for most distinguished American picture book for children.

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.  - ALA/ALSC

2011 John Newbery Award Winner

Moon over Manifest  by Clare Vanderpool

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. ALA/ALSC

 

2011 Caldecott Honor Books 

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick

Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

 

Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.2011 John Newberry Award Winner

 

2011 Newberry Honor Books

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holms

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

 

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

A collection of poems that celebrates tje wonder, mystery, and danger of the night.

 

 

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.