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By Barbara Bietz

reading book to childThe American Library Association recently announced the Newbery and Caldecott Award and Honor Award winners for 2008. These books represent the best of the year and provide a wonderful array of quality titles for young readers. Check out the titles that might be of interest to your young reader, you will not be disappointed!

The Newbery Medal honors “the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”  The winner is Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Villagebook Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz.

The Newberry honor books for 2008 are:

Elijah of Buxton book Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.
The Wednesday Warsbook The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.
Feathers book cover Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson.

The Caldecott Medal honors “the most distinguished American picture book for children.” The winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabretbook The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrated by Brian Selznick.

The Caldecott Honor Books for 2008 are:

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroadbook Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Ellen Levine.

First the Eggbook First the Egg, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtaingraphic The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, illustrated and written by Peter Sís.

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identityillustration Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, illustrated and written by Mo Willems.

Award lists can be the first step in choosing books to read, but don’t limit your selections to award books. Don’t be limited by genre, either. If a picture book has appeal, don’t worry if your reader is older. A good book can have a broader appeal than the age limit on the back cover. An interesting novel may make a perfect read-aloud choice for younger kids. Keep those pages turning!

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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