Great Day for Children's Books

 

Randolph Caldecott Medal 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 Caldecott Medal
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.
 
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
2011 John Newberry Award Winner
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

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.  

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.
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.