This week, the American Library Association has announced the 2018 winners of the John Newberry Medal and the Raldolph Caldecott Medal. The Newberry Metal is given to an example of outstanding literature for children. The Caldecott Medal is given to an outstanding children’s picture book.
For a complete list of other award winners, please visit http://www.ala.org.
2018 John Newberry Medal Winner- Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
2018 Newberry Honors Awards
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut – Derrick Barnes
Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
This title was also the winner of a Caldecott Honor Award
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
2018 Raldolph Caldecott Medal – Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm, they must find their way home.
2018 Caldecott Honors Awards
Big Cat, Little Cat – Elisha Cooper
A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats
A Different Pond – Bao Phi
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.
Grand Canyon – Jason Chin
An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale.