The American Library Association has just announced the 2014 Youth Media Awards. I am very excited that one of my favorite titles won the Newbery. I thought I would share the list with my readers and my thoughts on the winners. Congrats to the Authors and Illustrators! Also, a shout out to the men and women on the awards committees. You had an extremely difficult task. The long months of reading, deciding, and agonizing are over. You chose the best of the best so don’t listen to the negatives! Well done!
Newbery 2014 Winner–
What do you get when you mix a superhero squirrel and a young cynic? You get another brilliant story from the author Kate DiCamillo. Flora is a young cynic who would rather read her favorite comic series “Terrible things can happen to you” than deal with her Mother, a typewriter crazed romance novelist. One fateful day she rescues a squirrel after he is sucked up by a vacuum cleaner and her world forever changes. Ulysses is not just a squirrel but a budding superhero/poet in the making. Will their friendship last? Will Ulysses ever get a doughnut?
I highly recommend this book. I love how it is a story and graphic novel wrapped into one beautiful book. The illustrations are charming and the story is quirky with lots of heart.
Newbery Honor books:
“Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
“The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
“One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
We did a Mock Caldecott at the Public Library where I work a few weeks back. We chose Journey by Aaron Becker as the winner. Our honor choices were The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrations) and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywelt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
I honestly was surprised that Journey didn’t take the award this year. However, I am very pleased with the winner. It is a visually stunning book. The illustrations are vivid and bold. I also love that the fonts for the text are as beautiful as the illustrations. It is a great choice.
Caldecott Winner 2014-
Hop on board a train to the west! Learn all about Locomotives in this visually stunning book. Read all about steam engines, workers, train tracks and more in this fast moving picture book by Brian Floca. Not only are the illustrations a joy, the text is artistic and fun. This is a great book for all ages and a perfect fit for kids who are crazy about trains.
Caldecott Honor books-
“Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
“Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the winners or do you think that there were better choices? I would love to hear your thoughts!