Award Books

 finding winnie
 
 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!
 
 
 last stop on market street
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 by 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.
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 drum dream girl

     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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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
brown girl  Woodson and Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers.  You can see other books that have received this award at the Coretta Scott King Awards website.


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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 website WCCPBA 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.
 
 
 
 
barbed 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 What 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 website.
 
 
 
 
 
wonder
 
 
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 website.

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