Caldecott and Newbery Winners, 2013

Congratulations to the winners!  This is the best list of winners and Honors I have seen in several years.

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This is Not My Hat.  Jon Klassen.  Candlewick, 2012
A minnow is proud of the blue hat he stole from a bigger fish.  He claims he has gotten away with it, but his hiding place is not so safe after all.  The simple art with black background is the perfect compliment to the text.  Delightful in every way.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Caldecott Honor Books:

Creepy Carrots!  Aaron Reynolds.
Jasper Rabbit is always helping himself to the juicy carrots in Crackenhopper Field.  One day, he begins hearing and seeing Creepy Carrots wherever he goes.  When he can no longer stand feeling stalked, he takes desperate measures and builds a tall fence surrounded by an alligator moat to keep the Creepy Carrots in.  The carrots couldn’t be happier.  It was all part of their plan to keep Jasper out.  Just the right amount of creepy and funny.  The pictures are great.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Extra Yarn. Mac Barnett.  Balzer & Bray, 2012.
Annabelle has a yarn box that never runs out.  She knits for everyone and everything in town until the evil archduke steals the box.  A clever, quiet “yarn” with a happy ending.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade


Green.   Laura Vaccaro Seeger.  Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
Very simple text and luscious paintings that you want to reach out and touch, explore and celebrate the many shades of green.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


One Cool Friend.  Toni Buzzeo.  Dial, 2012.
A rather stuffy and proper boy with an equally odd, but absentminded father relates to the penguins at the aquarium.  His father replies yes when Elliott asks if he can have one for a pet, thinking he met a stuffed one.  Let the laughter begin!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Sleep Like a Tiger.  Mary Logue.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
In this magical bedtime story, a little girl who doesn’t want to go to sleep asks, “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”.  As she mimics the animals her parents tell her about, she slowly falls asleep.  The mixed media paintings will invite many re-reading.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade.



The One and Only Ivan.  Katherine Applegate.  Harper, 2012.
Based on a true story, Ivan, a silverback gorilla tells the story of his life in captivity at The Big Top Mall.  Ivan is a friend tot he other animals there, including elephants Stella and Ruby and Bob the dog.  Ivan creates art and through his art and a connection with Julia, a human child, is able to draw attention to the neglect and deplorable conditions in which the animals live.  A powerful story, beautifully told in short chapters of poetic prose.  Highly recommended.
Read-aloud 3rd-7th grade


Newbery Honor Books:

Three Times Lucky.  Sheila Turnage.  Dial, 2012.
Eleven year old Mo still longs to find her “upstream mother” (birth mother) who sent her floating downriver in a storm while she was an infant.  She learns the true meaning of family when times get tough following a murder in their small North Carolina town.  Full of humor, suspense and quirky characters.  Delightful!
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade


Splendors and Glooms.  Laura Amy Schlitz.  Candlewick, 2012.
Victorian England + 2 orphans, a witch, and an evil puppeteer, and a sad and lonely twelve-year-old girl bring this Dickensian gem to life.  Dramatic and at times surprising,
with well developed characters.
Read-aloud 4th-6th grade


Bomb : The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.  Steve Sheinkin.  Roaring brook Press, 2012.
This story of the Manhattan Project is non-fiction at its’ best.  At times, it reads like an international spy thriller, weaving the science, politics, history and espionage into a fascinating account of an event that changed the world.
Grades 6 and up




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