2012 Newbery and Caldecott Awards

The big awards in children’s literature were announced this week by the American Library Association.  I immediately ordered both titles, as sadly I didn’t already have them on the shelves.  I can’t wait to read both, but I wanted to share the news even if I couldn’t give you a personal review.

The Newbery Award, given to the year’s most outstanding contribution to children’s literature,  was given to Jack Gantos for DEAD END IN NORVELT. (Jack Gantos is also the author of the “Joey Pigza” books, two of which were Newbery Honor books.)   Based partly on Gantos’s childhood experiences growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, the reviews I have read describe it as full of humor, history, and charm.

The Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was given to Chris Raschka for A BALL FOR DAISY, a wordless picture book about an excitable dog who loses her special red ball at the park.  This book was also inspired by  real life, as the author remembered his own son’s reaction to losing a ball when he was young and wanted to write a book about how the young deal with loss.   I was interested to read that Raschka wanted to tell his story in a wordless format so that all children could “read” the book.  The first grade teachers and I recently talked about this very concept, and I have added many wordless books to the CPS library to give our students more opportunities to tell stories using pictures.  This book will be added to the “wordless book shelf” next week, so look for it!

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