Meet the 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Medal Books
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 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