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Your 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Winners!

10 Jan

Congratulations to Clare Vanderpool and Erin E. Stead, the 2011 Newbery and Caldecott winners!

The Caldecott Medal goes to A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Erin Stead, written by Philip Christian Stead
In this heartwarming picture book with a classic feel, zookeeper Amos McGee is nursed back to health by some very unusual visitors! Surprising, funny, and very, very sweet.

The Caldecott Honors books are as follow (and you can find both on Book Clubs this January!):

Dave the Potter
by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

The perfect balance of depth and beauty, this is a rich picture book about an enslaved potter and talented poet living in South Carolina in the 1800’s. You can find Dave the Potter on Voices this January!

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
You will laugh uproariously at this absolute gem of a picture book – without a doubt one of the year’s funniest and most clever read-alouds! You can find Interrupting Chicken on Firefly this January!

The Newbery Medal goes to Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
A true page-turner, this debut novel is a compelling mystery and rich coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression.

The Newbery Honor books are as follows:

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
Delicious language, rich vocabulary, and interesting science converge on the pages of this beautiful book of poems about nocturnal life.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
This is a captivating seafaring adventure based on the remarkable true story that took one teenage boy from Japan to America and back again, beginning in 1841.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
This charming and funny adventure swirls in lively fashion around Turtle, a tough and witty 11 year-old, and the eccentric relatives she meets in Depression-era Key West. Laughs galore!

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In this truly entertaining ode to the 1960’s, Rita Williams-Garcia introduces readers to three likable and precocious sisters, whose entertaining squabbles are an absolute delight.

Caldecott and Newbery Predictions!

5 Jan

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
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
by Kathryn Erskine
by Deborah Wiles
by Kathi Appelt
The Cardturner
by Louis Sachar
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Of course, like many of us, Managing Editor David A. is rooting for Mockingbird!

Who’s Ready For The Snowy Day?

10 Nov

Here in New York City, we’re still weeks away from the first snow (we hope!), but that chill is certainly in the air. I try not to let the nippy weather get me down—instead, I see it as the chance to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a copy of Ezra Jack Keats’s 1963 Caldecott Medal–winner, The Snowy Day.

Keats’s gorgeous illustrations and simple, quiet text tell the story of Peter (you remember—he’s wearing that awesome red snowsuit), a boy who wakes up to find the first snowy day of winter. He spends his day adventuring in the snow, making tracks, building snowmen, crafting snow angels. Peter even tries to store a snowball in his pocket for the next day. Oh well—you gotta learn somehow!

On October 7, kids (and adults) all across the country read The Snowy Day to support Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a campaign dedicated to promoting literacy from an early age. You can read more about the event here. Missed out, or just need some more Peter in your life? Look out for The Snowy Day in the upcoming catalogs and online*, or find it in the “Award Winners” section of Club Shop all year long!

* The Snowy Day is available in SeeSaw December!  Teachers, you can also find The Snowy Day big books and packs in November’s SeeSaw and Firefly.

This post was brought to you by Liz, guest blogger who is not afraid of the cold!