Librarian hearts all around the country are all aflutter with the announcement, yesterday morning, of the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Medals. The American Library Association's Youth Media Award winners can be found here
, in case you want to take a look at the entire list of winners and honor books.
Here's the winner of the Caldecott Medal
This is such a fantastic book. The story is captivating and especially interesting because it's true and told by the great-granddaughter of the story's main character. Sophie Blackall's pictures are worthy of the Caldecott Medal indeed. They are a perfect mix of color, emotion, detail, and composition. I like the use of full page spreads and smaller images used as a storytelling device.
And this year the Newbery Medal
goes to a picture book too!
This is the fist time a picture book has won the award. It's a lovely story about a boy and his grandmother traveling to a soup kitchen after church. You can read more about the author's reactions in this great School Library Journal blog post
Congratulations to all the winners! We're so fortunate to have so many talented authors and illustrators who create amazing books for kids (and adults) to enjoy.