“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Robin McKinley

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Robin McKinley won the 1985 Newbery for her high fantasy The Hero and the Crown, in which Aerin, the outcast daughter of the king, battles the great dragon Maur. Can you guess which of these Newbery-winning books is the author’s favorite? a) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (2003) b) Number the Stars by […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Emily Arnold McCully

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Emily Arnold McCully received the 1993 Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire, the story of a 19th-century Parisian girl who learns to walk the high wire and, in the process, helps her mentor overcome his fears. Which of the books below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-winning picture book? a) The Man Who Walked […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Sharon Creech

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Sharon Creech received the 1995 Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the tale of 13-year-old Sal’s quest to find her missing mother. Can you guess her favorite Newbery-winning novel? a) Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1992) b) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (2000) c) Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (1983) This post is […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Russell Freedman

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Russell Freedman received the 1988 Newbery Medal for his meticulously researched Lincoln: A Photobiography. Which of these books is the historian’s favorite Newbery winner? a) Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1973) b) The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem van Loon (1922) c) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (2001) This […]

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

Most likely to haunt award committees Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol   Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann Better luck next time Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia Tragic and tragically overlooked America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown   Amelia Lost: The Life […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Paul O. Zelinsky

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Paul O. Zelinsky took home the 1998 Caldecott Medal for the lush oil paintings in his retelling of Rapunzel. Guess which of the following titles is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-stickered book. a) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1977) b) Make Way for Ducklings […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Jerry Pinkney

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In 2010, Jerry Pinkney received the Caldecott Medal for his near-wordless, Serengeti-set retelling of Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse. Guess which of the titles below is his favorite Caldecott-winning picture book. a) Tuesday by David Wiesner (1992) b) The Hello, Goodbye Window by Chris Raschka (2006) c) Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (1998) […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Susan Cooper

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Susan Cooper (winner of this year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award) received the Newbery Medal in 1976 for The Grey King, the fourth entry in her Authurian legend–inspired fantasy series The Dark Is Rising. Guess which of the titles below is her favorite Newbery-winning novel. a) The High King by Lloyd Alexander (1969) b) The Westing […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Beth Krommes

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Beth Krommes received the 2009 Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson. Her black, white, and gold scratchboard art perfectly complements the poetic bedtime tale.  Guess which of the titles below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner. a) Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2005) b) My Friend […]

“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 […]