The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery and is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children. The medal is awarded for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
This year's winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Appelgate.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.
2013 Newbery Honor Books:
Splendors and Gloom by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
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.
This year's Caldecott winner is This is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
2013 Caldecott Honor Books:
Creepy Carrots! pictures by Peter Brown
and written by Aaron Reynolds
Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen (again!)
and written by Mac Barnett
Green written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small
and written by Toni Buzzeo
Sleep Like a Tiger pictures by Pamela Zagarenski,
written by Mary Logue
The great thing about books is that there's never a maximum age restriction. So check out theses wonderful, beautiful books, even if you aren't technically a kid anymore!