Kate DiCamillo may need to add shelf space to the place she keeps her growing number of awards. Yesterday she won her second Newbery Award for Flora and Ulysses, a fantasy about a magical squirrel and a cynical girl. DiCamillo won the Newbery ten years ago for her novel The Tales of Despereaux – and she was recently named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
I wanted to check the winners all day, but one thing led to another and I didn’t have time to look until I got home from school yesterday. My fingers were crossed for DiCamillo’s beautiful and wise story…this book even made it into our family’s annual holiday letter which I closed by encouraging our friends to end 2013 on a happy note by reading Flora and Ulysses!
Here’s a link to today’s New York Times article about the Newbery Award…
The Caldecott Medal went to Brian Floca for Locomotive, a picture book (and historical novel of sorts) about a train trip between Omaha and Sacramento in 1869. Before the holidays, I talked about this book to anyone who would listen…this is another book that may require its own award shelf: the 2014 Caldecott Medal, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2013, Parent’s Choice Award – the list goes on….and it’s so incredibly worthy! A book for young kids who love trains, older kids who enjoy details, a book teachers can use to talk about westward expansion…and train lovers will love it for Floca’s rich evocation of traveling by rail.
There was a long list of awards given at the American Library Association meeting yesterday, but another one that made especially happy was the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award – P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. The sequel to One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven is the story of three young girls growing up in Brooklyn in 1968.
Newbery Award: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Caldecott Award: Locomotive by Brian Floca
Journey by Aaron Becker
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner