Children’s Book Awards: 2010 Caldecott, Newbery, King, and Geisel Winners

A quick post to announce the winners of several prestigious awards for children’s books, revealed today on the American Library Association (ALA) website for children’s book awards.  I aim to review many of these children’s books in the weeks and months ahead.

Children’s Book Awards: Caldecott

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First, the 2010 winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal is The Lion & the Mouse illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (click here to see our review, “Picture Books: Caldecott Medal Winner, The Lion and the Mouse).  Two Caldecott Honor children’s books—think “runners-up”—were also chosen: All the Worldchildren's books caldecott medal newbery medal, illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon, and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colorschildren's books caldecott medal newbery medal, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman.  The ALA website for children’s book awards states the following of the Caldecott Medal:

“The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It 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.” Continue reading

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Children’s Books on Martin Luther King Jr: Martin’s Big Words

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Title: Martin’s Big Words
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Age Category: 6 to 8 years
Genre: Historical picture books
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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day—coming up on January 18th—we will be featuring some children’s books about Dr. King and others who have contributed to the long and continuing fight for the equality of African-Americans in the United States.  The first book is Martin’s Big Words, the Caldecott honor and Coretta Scott King award-winning book by Doreen Rappaport (illustrations by Bryan Collier).  The book tells the story of Dr. King’s life and work in a brief accessible format.

Martin Luther King Children’s Book: Subjective Appeal

This compelling children’s book about Martin Luther King Jr. will appeal to kids in several ways.  First, the moral themes of justice, equality, and love on which the book focuses connect with the process of moral formation occurring in 6-to-8-year-olds.  Children at this age are developing instincts about right and wrong, and good and bad, and Martin’s Big Words will engage children in this part of their experience.

Second, the simple disarming style of the book draws the young reader into the story.  Although the themes that Dr. King’s life and work evoke (e.g., rights, freedom, justice, equality, etc.) can be somewhat abstract for children, Martin’s Big Words portrays them in an accessible way.  For example, this children’s book opens with the following line: “Everywhere in Martin’s hometown Continue reading

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