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Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Books

I have been anxious for today to come.  Do you know why?  The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, announced the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners!  These are BIG announcements in the library world (kind of like the Academy Awards).

 Caldecott Medal was named to honor nineteenth-century English illustrator
Randolph Caldecott, so this medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  This year's winner is Radiant Child:  The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.  Steptoe's illustrations are bright and radiate energy.  He uses a patch-work canvas of scavenged wood, painted and photo collages, as well as images of human anatomy.  Steptoe became familiar with Basquiat's art when he lived in Greenwich Village in New York and was exposed to his graffiti and posters.  This exposure created a connection that is shown throughout his work.  Such beautiful artwork you don't want to miss. 
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to children's American literature.  The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal Award Book.  The story is about magic and witches.  Each year, the people in town leave a baby as an offering to the forest witch to stop her from terrorizing their town.  However the witch is actually kind and she rescues these children and finds them new homes on the other side of the forest, feeding them starlight on the journey.  On accident, she feeds a baby moonlight and decides to keep her and name her Luna since moonlight fills the child with extraordinary magic. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge with dangerous consequences. 

The Geisel Award honors author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readings. We Are Growing:  A Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written by Laurie Keller is the winner!  Elephant and Piggie endorse this book so you cannot go wrong.  Beginning readers will enjoy the hilarious and crazy growth spurts of seven blades of grass.  You can tell the blades apart by their expressive facial features blade and give a fresh perspective to character development.  Engaging text occurs with word play, speech bubbles and different sizing of font that early readers love!
So come in and enjoy these new ROCK STARS of the medal winners. 

2017 Caldecott Medal
2017 Newbery Medal
2017 Geisel Medal

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