The Caldecott and Newbery awards are just around the corner, and our offices are all abuzz with excitement. The Caldecott and the Newbery awards are given to outstanding children’s books each year. Past winners include Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me (2010 Newbery Medal winner) and The Lion & the Mouse (Jerry Pinkney’s 2010 Caldecott Medal winner).
We here at Book Clubs take children’s literature seriously—all year we follow what books have the best reviews, which ones are the most popular, and the cult favorites. Thanks to that, we all have opinions about what books will win! In the spirit of that excitement, we wanted to share what some of our senior editors predicted to be the award winners.
Steve M., our Senior Editor for younger clubs, has the following Caldecott predictions:
City Dog, Country Frog written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon J Muth
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange
Farm written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Art & Max written and illustrated by David Wiesner
Lucille S., Senior Editor of Acquisitions, sent in her Newbery predictions:
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, with illustrations by Peter Sís
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Of course, like many of us, Managing Editor David A. is rooting for Mockingbird!