The Caldecott Medal
was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph
Caldecott. It is awarded to the artist of the best American picture book
for children. The gold medal winner in 2016 was Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
illustrated by Sophie Blackall and writtend by Lindsay Moltick. For a
list of 2016 Honor Books and the winners from previous years, go to the Caldecott Medal Home Page
. These books are the 'tops' in the picture book category!
Like the Caldecott, the Newbery Medal was
named for a really old guy! John Newbery was an eighteenth-century
British bookseller. The award is given every year to the author of the
best American literature for children. The 2016 gold medal winner was Last Stop on Market Street
Matt De La Pena with pictures by Christian Robinson. This is the first
time a picture book has received the Newbery Medal for literature.
Visit the Newbery Medal Home Page
for other winners and honor books.
The first Sasquatch Award
was given in 1999. No 'old guy' name appealed to the founders so they
named the award after a famous Washingtonian - the Sasquatch. The award
is given to the author of a book written for children in grades 3 -
6. The winner in 2015 was Wonder
by R.J. Palacio. Yes, this book received more than one award! Visit the Sasquatch Web Page
for the list of previous winner and the nominations for 2016.
The Belpre Award
is named after Pura Belpre, the first Latina librarian in the New York
Public Library. This award is presented to an author and an illustrator
who share the Latino cultural experience in outstanding books for
children and youth. The 2016 Illustrator Award went to Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Margarita Engle. Find out more about this awards at the Belpre Award website.
The Coretta Scott King Awards
are presented each year by the American Library Association to
African-American authors and illustrators. The awards are given in
honor of the work and compassion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his
wife, Coretta. Two of the winning books in 2015 were Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline
Woodson and Firebird illustrated
by Christopher Myers.
You can see other books that have received this award at the Coretta Scott King Awards website.
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
(What a mouth full!) is selected each year by K - 3 students in
Washington State. For the best in picture books since 1982 visit the
and check out the Past Nominees list. The 2015 winner was The Day the Crayons Quit
written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
There is now a new book award, first presented in 2014. It is called the Towner Student Award for Informational Text. This year's winner is Barbed Wire Baseball
written by Marissa Moss and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
a perfect idea to honor informational books for students in grades 2 -
6! These students are avid readers about all things 'real.' To see the
nominees for 2016 visit the Towner Award
The Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice Award
is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. There
are three levels and Wolfle students participate in the Junior Division
for grades 4 - 6. The 2015 winner is a fantastic book titled Wonder
by R.J. Palacio. It also received the Sasquatch Award that is above. For additional titles, visit the Pacific Northwest Library Association