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About the Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children's book award.

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About the Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awardwas first presented in 1970.  The Award has evolved considerably since its inception.  Currently, both a King Author and Illustrator Award are presented annually.  The award is named after Mrs. Coretta Scott King to commemorate her courage and determination in working for peace and world brotherhood.  Additionally, the award honors the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

 

Coretta Scott King 2017 Winners and Honors Book Awards

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Freedom over Me - Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481456906
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away"--.
Grades 4th-6th

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Freedom in Congo Square - Carole Boston Weatherford; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499801033
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
A poetic tribute to a lesser-known event in African-American history describes how after working relentlessly for more than six days, slaves in 19th-century New Orleans were permitted to congregate in Congo Square to sing, dance and put aside their troubles for a few hours.
Grades 1-3rd

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As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 9781481415903
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally"--.
4t-7th grade

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Radiant Child - Javaka Steptoe
ISBN: 9780316213882
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.
Grades 1 to 5th

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March - John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell
ISBN: 9781603094023
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
In the final installment in the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. Simultaneously epic and intimate, this dynamic work spotlights pivotal moments (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to Montgomery marches) through the lens of one who was there from the beginning. Lewis's willingness to speak from the heart about moments of doubt and anguish imbues the book with emotional depth. (Targeted for 8th grade and up)

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The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
ISBN: 9780553496680
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.
8th grade and up

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In Plain Sight - Richard Jackson; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626722552
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"--.
K-2nd grade

 

Robert F Siebert Informational Book Awards 2017

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children

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Uprooted - Albert Marrin
ISBN: 9780553509366
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
A close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.
Grade 7 and up

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Giant Squid - Candace Fleming; Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596435995
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
"A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid"--

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Sachiko - Caren Stelson
ISBN: 9781467789035
Publication Date: 2016-10-01
Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace. Grades 5-8

 

Schneider Family Book Award 2017

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

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Six Dots - Jen Bryant (Editor); Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780449813386
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
Presents the early life of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who developed the system of raised dots by which blind people read and write.

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As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 9781481415903
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and—being a curious kid—Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

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Juana and Lucas - Juana Medina (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672089
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning—one that Juana will need to speak English to go on—Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones — the hearts — of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.

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A Poem for Peter - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Steve Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator); Rosemary Wells
ISBN: 9780425287682
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
"A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats's obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra's dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats's greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats's hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his -- and Keats's -- neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney's lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers""--

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A Voyage in the Clouds - Matthew Olshan; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374329549
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
A picture book inspired by the true story of how the first international flight was an Englishman and a French man who rode in a balloon across the English Channel

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The Princess and the Warrior - Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419721304
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
""Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.""-- Provided by Publisher

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As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 9781481415903
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally.

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Some Writer! - Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780544319592
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
In this stunning, first-ever fully-illustrated biography of legendary author E.B. White, Sibert medalist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet uses White's letters, photos, and mementos, as well as her original collage art, to tell the story of one of the most beloved authors of all time.

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Maybe Something Beautiful - F. Isabel Campoy; Theresa Howell; Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544357693
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

 

2017 Caldecott Winners and Honors

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Radiant Child - Javaka Steptoe
ISBN: 9780316213882
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
Like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.

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Leave Me Alone! - Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626724419
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
At the end of her rope, Granny is desperate for time alone to finish knitting sweaters for a house filled with dozens of rambunctious children. Brosgol’s expressive watercolor and cartoon art presents a genre-breaking journey taking Granny from the traditional forest setting to the mountains to the moon and beyond.

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Freedom in Congo Square - Carole Boston Weatherford; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499801033
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
As they work throughout the week, slaves look forward to their afternoon of music, hope, and community in Congo Square, New Orleans. Christie’s folk-art inspired paint and collage images powerfully capture the emotions of this little-known historical event. Vibrant color and brilliant use of line heighten the impact of the rhyming couplets.

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Du Iz Tak? - Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665302
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
A diverse community of anthropomorphic bugs is intrigued by an unfurling sprout. Carson Ellis deftly depicts the mysteries of life in an imaginary, natural world. Through intricate details and the witty humor of a made-up language, “Du Iz Tak?” is a treasure trove of visual and linguistic literacy.

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They All Saw a Cat - Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452150130
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
A cat’s walk through the world becomes a surprise-filled exploration of perspective and empathy. As the feline encounters a variety of creatures, the thoughtful composition paired with spare language and repetition focuses on each individual’s perception of it. Wenzel’s use of a range of art materials reinforces the idea that the essence of a cat might be in the eye of the beholder.

 

About Belpre Medal Winner

On January 11, 2016, the Pura Belpré Award Committee named one Author Medal Winner and two Author Honor books.  A complete list of all Belpré Medal Winners and Honor Books, for narrative and illustration, can be found at the Pura Belpré Medal Website.Image result for pura belpre award

 

Pure Belpre 2017 Winner Picture Books

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Lowriders to the Center of the Earth - Gonzalez Raul (Illustrator); Cathy Camper
ISBN: 9781452123431
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are now the proud owners of their own garage--but when a series of earthquakes hit their town and Genie, their beloved cat, disappears they find themselves traveling to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner.

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The Princess and the Warrior - Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419721304
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side."--.

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Juana and Lucas - Juana Medina (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672089
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English speaking place.

 

Notable Children Book Awards 2017

According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures or all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

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Ada Lovelace - Diane Stanley; Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481452496
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
A fascinating look at Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron." --

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Before Morning - Joyce Sidman; Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547979175
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
Let snow fall overnight and change the world before morning, making it "slow and delightful and white."

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Coyote Moon - Maria Gianferrari; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626720411
Publication Date: 2016-07-19
A nonfiction picture book about coyotes hunting in suburban neighborhoods at night."--.

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Fabulous Frogs - Martin Jenkins; Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763681005
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
Looks at all kinds of frogs, from exotic species to the common greenish-brown specimens found in backyards, discussing their characteristics, life cycles, and habitats.

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Good Night Owl - Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484712757
Publication Date: 2016-04-19
Owl takes drastic measures to have a good night's sleep.

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The Great Pet Escape - Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627791052
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
"A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School"-

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Ada Twist, Scientist - Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419721373
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

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Horrible Bear! - Ame Dyckman; Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316282833
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry.".

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals - Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481448895
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

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The Night Gardener - Terry Fan (Illustrator); Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481439787
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work

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Over the Ocean - Taro Gomi
ISBN: 9781452145150
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

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A Piece of Home - Jeri Watts; Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669713
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
Moving with his family from Korea to West Virginia, Hee Jun struggles to adjust to his new home, an unfamiliar language, and the different appearances of his classmates before making friends and bringing a familiar flower home to his grandmother.

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Puddle - Hyewon Yum
ISBN: 9780374316952
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
A mother and son use their imagination to have fun on a rainy day"--.

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Ada Twist, Scientist - Andrea Beaty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419721373
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

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Before Morning - Joyce Sidman; Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547979175
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a child uses the power of words, in the form of an invocation, to persuade fate to bring her family a snow day — a day slow and unhurried enough to spend at home together.

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Coyote Moon - Maria Gianferrari; Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626720411
Publication Date: 2016-07-19
In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feed her hungry pups. Her hunt takes her through a suburban town, where she encounters a mouse, a rabbit, a flock of angry geese, and finally an unsuspecting turkey on the library lawn

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Fabulous Frogs - Martin Jenkins; Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763681005
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
Huge frogs, tiny frogs, hairy frogs, and flying frogs hop through the pages of this colorful nonfiction book. Discover the Goliath frog, biggest in the world, and the Darwin’s frog, which has a pointy nose and holds its tadpoles in its mouth until they are big enough to care for themselves. Learn why some frogs are brightly colored, and which one can bury itself in the desert until rain comes. Curious minds will jump at the chance to explore all kinds of frogs, from the most exotic to the greenish-brown specimens in their own backyards.

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Good Night Owl - Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484712757
Publication Date: 2016-04-19
Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on!

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Horrible Bear! - Ame Dyckman; Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316282833
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Bear didn't mean to break a little girl's kite, but she's upset anyway--upset enough to shout "HORRIBLE BEAR!" Bear is indignant. He doesn't think he's horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe--just maybe--Bear isn't as horrible as she had thought.

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals - Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481448895
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here…), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him…), a brown mouse (Now wait a second…), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey! What’s going on here…

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The Infamous Ratsos - Kara LaReau; Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763676360
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.

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Over the Ocean - Taro Gomi
ISBN: 9781452145150
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
In this beautiful testament to wondering, a young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze. In this celebration of imagination's power, young readers will find joy in the mystery of the faraway, the unknown, and the just-beyond.

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A Piece of Home - Jeri Watts; Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669713
Publication Date: 2016-06-14
When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks s-l-o-w-l-y and loudly at him. As he lies in bed at night, the sky seems smaller and darker. But little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English words and make friends on the playground. And one day he is invited to a classmate’s house, where he sees a flower he knows from his garden in Korea — mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon, as his friend tells him — and Hee Jun is happy to bring a shoot to his grandmother to plant a "piece of home" in their new garden. Lyrical prose and lovely illustrations combine in a gentle, realistic story about finding connections in an unfamiliar world.

 

More Notable Middle Reader Award Books 2017

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Full of Beans - Jennifer L. Holm
ISBN: 9780553510362
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while ""New Dealers"" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

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Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson
ISBN: 9780062338174
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

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Pax - Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377012
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back""-- Provided by publisher.

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We Found a Hat - Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763656003
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.

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The Secret Keepers - Trenton Lee Stewart
ISBN: 9780316389556
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
When 12-year-old Reuben finds a peculiar, magical watch that has the power to turn its owner invisible, he’s propelled on the adventure of a lifetime.

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The Sound of Silence - Katrina Goldsaito; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316203371
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
Yoshio delights in the everyday sounds of Tokyo, but when a musician tells him that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for silence, Yoshio sets out to hear this sound for himself among the hustle and bustle of the city. Includes information on the Japanese concept of ma.

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Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo
ISBN: 9780763681173
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Hoping if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen saboteur.

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When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125925
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
"Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor""--

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When Mischief Came to Town - Katrina Nannestad
ISBN: 9780544534322
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
In the tradition of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and PIPPI LONGSTOCKING comes a heart-warming novel about love, family, grief, joy and the power of laughter and imagination.
When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange, and children are supposed to be seen and not heard. But no matter how hard Inge tries to be good, mischief has a way of finding her. Could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?

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Leave Me Alone! - Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626724419
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.

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Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes
ISBN: 9781629797403
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself.

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Animals by the Numbers - Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544630925
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
How many species are there across the globe?
How much do all of the insects in the world collectively weigh?
How far can animals travel? Steve Jenkins answers these questions and many more with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in his latest work of illustrated nonfiction.

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes - Julie Fogliano; Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596438521
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano's skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad's charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

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The Water Princess - Susan Verde; Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator); Georgie Badiel
ISBN: 9780399172588
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

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Somos Como las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds - Jorge Argueta; Alfonso Ruano (Illustrator); Elisa Amado (Translator)
ISBN: 9781554988495
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.

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¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el Bosque Nublado - Lulu Delacre (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892393275
Publication Date: 2016-02-15
With lyrical text in both Spanish and English, we travel to the magical world of a cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador. We discover the bounty of plants, animals, and other organisms that live there as we help a zoologist look for the elusive olinguito, the first new mammal species identified in the Americas since 1978. Not your usual ABC book, the alphabet works as an organizing feature and provides children with a vehicle to encounter rich vocabulary as they learn about a unique environment.

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About the John Newbery Award

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award has been given since 1922. It was the first children's literary award in the world. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th century publisher of juvenile books.

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2017 John Newbery Winners and Honors

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
ISBN: 9781616205676
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
“Moonlight is magic. Ask anyone you like.” Barnhill’s story is also pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.

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Freedom over Me - Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481456906
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Inspired by an 1828 estate appraisement, Ashley Bryan honors the lives of eleven slaves in poetry and collage. Conveying the terror of the patterroller and the hope of voices raised in song, Bryan imagines for each person a life of oppression and a dream for freedom.

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The Inquisitor's Tale - Adam Gidwitz; Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525426165
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
Informed by six years of research, and reminiscent of “The Canterbury Tales,” Adam Gidwitz has written a brand-new illuminated manuscript, a sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious epic about three magical friends on the run in 1242 France and their encounters with a dragon, a holy dog, and cheese.

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Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
ISBN: 9781101994825
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Set in rural Pennsylvania during World War II, this compelling story of consequences addresses complex issues of bullying, PTSD, and discrimination. At the center of this atmospheric novel, articulating themes of self-reliance, hope, and justice, is our heroine Annabelle who struggles to confront her tormentor and her own conscience.

 

More Notable Award Books 2017

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School's First Day of School - Adam Rex; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439641
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
"It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself""-- Provided by publisher.

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Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316013727
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name""-- Provided by publisher.

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We Are Growing! - Mo Willems (Illustrator); Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484726358
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

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Rudas - Yuyi Morales
ISBN: 9781626722408
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Las Hermanitas, Lucha Queens! Their Poopy Bomb Blowout will knock em' down! Their Tag-Team Teething will gnaw opponents down to a pulp! Their Pampered Plunder Diversion will fell even the most determined competitor!

But what happens when Niño comes after them with a move of his own? Watch the tables turn in this wild, exciting wrestling adventure from Caldecott Honor author Yuyi Morales, Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas.

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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? - Kate DiCamillo; Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763673116
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
Baby Lincoln has had enough of her older sister, Eugenia, telling her what do do and sets out on her own on a journey of self-discovery

 

Notable Middle Readers Award Winners 2017

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The Best Man - Richard Peck
ISBN: 9780803738393
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
"Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget""-- Provided by publisher.

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Dory Dory Black Sheep - Abigail Hanlon; Abby Hanlon
ISBN: 9781101994269
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it's proving to be a challenge for Dory. While Rosabelle can read chapter books in her head, Dory is stuck with baby books about a happy little farm. Dory wishes for a potion to turn her into a reader but things don't go as planned. Suddenly, a naughty little girl who looks an awful lot like Dory's imaginary nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up. And a black sheep leaves the pages of the farm book to follow Dory to school. It really needs her help--this seems like a job for a superhero! And it would help if she knew how to read.

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I Dissent - Debbie Levy; Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481465595
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

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The Wild Robot - Peter Brown
ISBN: 9780316381994
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

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The Storyteller - Evan Turk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435185
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together.

But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too. All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better: wonderful stories. As he listened to the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the power of a tale well told.

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Wet Cement - Bob Raczka
ISBN: 9781626722361
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

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We Found a Hat - Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763656003
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but, with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.

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Ghost - Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 9781481450157
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

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