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What’s best to read?

Part 3: Children’s literary awards and endorsements

PLet’s begin with our childhood classics such as Island of the Blue Dolphins, Sounder and A Wrinkle in Time, Out of the Dust. These books earned the Newbery Medal award. The Newbery Medal is an award given to American authors of children’s literature by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award signifies a literary contribution to American Literature for children based on the text.


Other notable titles we may have thought earned this award, but were actually runner-ups were Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Charlotte’s Web, Frog and Toad Together, and Because of Winn Dixie.


Another well known children’s book award is the Caldecott. The Caldecott is annually awarded to the artist of an American picture book by the Association for Library Service to Children. This award recognizes the illustrator’s depiction of the storyline by providing the children with a visual experience of the story. Several Caldecott award winners we know were Make Way For Ducklings, The Snowy Day, The Polar Express and Officer Buckle and Gloria.


Other notable picture books were Madeline, Stone Soup, Little Bear’s Visit and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. One of my favorite runner-ups is Freight Train by Donald Crews. I read that frequently to my son and he loved it as much as I did. With few words and very colorful images, it opens up a lot of engagement.


In my opinion these award-winning books recognized by the Association for Library Service to Children really do merit their awards. These books jump start our children’s love of text and art. A child’s imagination is stirred and the illustrated books gives a child the chance to build and expand their vocabulary and create connections.