There’s a deluge of new children’s literature every year of varying quality. Where do you start? If I left it up to my first-grader, we would order every glittery notebook from Scholastic’s weekly catalog that comes with a “free” bracelet.
We visit the library once a week and the kids can take home whatever they want. But when it comes to buying books, I like to get pretty books with good stories that I don’t hate reading out loud to my kids.
Choosing an award-winner is always a safe bet. So if you’re looking to add to your children’s home library, this year’s winners have been announced!
The John Newbery Medal is given for the “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature” and this year’s winner is Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, illustrated by K.G. Campbell.
DiCamillo is well-known for her previous books Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. Her latest story is about a cynic named Flora who meets an unlikely superhero in a squirrel named Ulysses. The book is a great reader for grades 3-7.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given to the “most distinguished American picture book for children,” so this is where the illustrations really shine. Brian Floca took the medal this year for Locomotive, his beautifully illustrated picture book that explores America’s early railroads. Preschoolers up through grade school will enjoy this one — especially if they are train-obsessed!
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