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Finding Winnie and Market Street: The 2016 Caldecott & Newbery Winners

By Nick Ostdick. Jan 12, 2016. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Newbery Award, Book News

For their outstanding artistic contributions to children’s literature, authors Lindsay Mattick and Matt de la Peña received the honor of having their books named the 2016 Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal award winners, respectively, yesterday. Mattick’s Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, may on the surface appear diametrically opposed in their aim and ambition, but both books hit on a fundamental truth about why we read, write, tell, and consume stories: the quest for a truth greater than ourselves that gives us a sense of who we are and what we value in our lives.

     
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Past Caldecott and Newbery Winners to Read and Collect Now

By Leah Dobrinska. Jan 11, 2016. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Children's Books, Newbery Award

Congratulations to the 2016 Caldecott Medal winner, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick, and to the 2016 Newbery Medal winner, Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are awarded annually for the best American picture book for children and best contribution to American literature for children, respectively. They are widely considered the most esteemed awards for children's literature in the U.S.

This year’s award presentation got us thinking about the Caldecott and Newbery legacy which stretches back to the early part of the 20th century. With this rich history in mind, we’ve compiled a list of past Caldecott and Newbery winners you should read now and add to your collection—for their relevance, beauty, and the merits of the stories they tell, through words and pictures. Enjoy these oldies but goodies along with the 2016 picks.

     
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A Brief Guide to Collecting Newbery First Editions

C. S. Lewis once wrote, “A children’s story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children’s story,” and he is not alone in lauding the virtues of the genre. The Newbery Medal, awarded once a year for excellence in writing for children, is considered the highest honor for children’s authors in the United States. Established in 1922, the Newbery also provides book collectors with a well-established place to begin.

     
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Congratulations to the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners!

By Katie Behrens. Feb 2, 2015. 3:41 PM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Children's Books, Newbery Award

Every year in the dead of winter, people who love children’s books have a reason to celebrate. The Newbery and Caldecott Awards (along with lots of others, click here for the full list) are announced to a packed room of librarians at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. The 2015 Newbery Medal went to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and the 2015 Caldecott Medal was awarded to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat.

     
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The Ten Most Readable Newbery Medal Winners

By Katie Behrens. Dec 20, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Children's Books, Newbery Award

Every year, committees of experts and librarians gather to discuss the best books published for children that year.  Out of that process, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals are awarded for excellence in writing and illustration, respectively.  Every committee is different – sometimes there are clear favorites, sometimes not – but the very act of awarding the medals marks the books as favorites and collectibles for years to come. Whether you’re searching for a special gift or hoping to learn more about the award, look no further than this list of the ten most engaging Newbery Medal winners.

     
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Henrik Willem van Loon, Newbery Winner and Political Activist

By Kristin Masters. Jun 26, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Children's Books, Newbery Award

On June 27, 1922, Henrik Willem van Loon won the inaugural Newbery Award for The Story of Mankind. A prolific author, van Loon was also a historian and journalist with a keen interest in American history and politics. Van Loon's activity in politics earned him attention from Franklin Delano Roosevelt--and Nazi leaders. A few facts you may not know about van Loon and The Story of Mankind:

     
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Congratulations to This Year's Newbery and Caldecott Winners!

By Kristin Masters. Jan 27, 2014. 3:34 PM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Children's Books, Newbery Award

Today at a convention in Philadelphia, the American Library Association announced the winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal. Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery for a second time, while Brian Floca took home this year's Caldecott. 

     
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Children's Literature: Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards

Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), honors the best in children’s literature. The Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award are the among the most sought after honors for children’s books.

     
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Celebrate Children's Book Week with Your Favorite Children's Authors

By Kristin Masters. May 2, 2011. 3:29 AM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Children's Books, Newbery Award

Today kicks off Children’s Book Week! Since 1919, the event has been celebrated across the country in schools, libraries, bookstores, and everywhere else children can discover a love of reading. As adult readers, we remember those children’s books that were truly magical.

Here’s a list of our five favorite children’s authors.
     
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