King of All the Caldecotts

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“If this book doesn’t win the Caldecott Medal I’m going to kill myself.” I heard that from Zena Sutherland, quoting Ursula Nordstrom, while Zena and I were at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum in 1982, viewing an exhibition of the complete original art for the book in question, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. That book […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Linda Sue Park

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In 2002 Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, the tale of a ten-year-old orphan called Tree-ear who apprentices to a master potter. Guess which title below is her favorite Newbery-winning novel. a) Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (2006) b) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978) c) I, Juan […]

The Search for Distinguished

“Robust” boy books of the 1920s.

In a much talked about opinion piece published in School Library Journal in 2008, former Horn Book editor Anita Silvey asked, “Has the Newbery lost its way?” She made it clear that she thought it had, after interviewing “more than 100 people—including media specialists, children’s librarians, teachers, and booksellers—in 15 states across the country.” A […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry received the 1990 Newbery Medal for Number the Stars, set in 1943 Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. She won again in 1994 for her now-classic dystopian middle-grade novel The Giver. Which of the titles below is her favorite Newbery-winning book? a) Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (2008) b) […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Erin E. Stead

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2012 BGHB honoree Erin E. Stead received the 2011 Caldecott for A Sick Day for Amos McGee (written by husband Philip C. Stead). When Amos, a kindly zookeeper, is stuck home with a cold, his charges visit to cheer him up. Guess which of the titles below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner. a) Sylvester and […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, the Jungle Book–inspired story of a living boy raised by ghosts. Guess which of these titles is his favorite Newbery winner. a) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (2012) b) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1963) c) When You Reach Me […]

Neil Gaiman’s Favorite Newbery

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