Each year, the American Library Association recognizes outstanding contributions to children’s literature with the awarding of Newbery and Caldecott medals.
The Newbery Award, named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year, the honor went to Kate DiCamillo for “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.  This is the story of a young comic book enthusiast and cynic named Flora, and a superhero squirrel named Ulysses who helps Flora against her greatest enemy.
The Caldecott Medal, named for 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year, the honor went to Brian Floca for “Locomotive ”. Mr. Floca, is also the author of this book. The story follows a family and crew traveling together on America’s new transcontinental railroad in the Summer of 1869. The next time you are visiting the children’s area, we hope you are able to check out and enjoy these beautiful books!