Friday, April 20, 2007

National Library Week IV

I played hookie (from updating my blog) yesterday, so today's post is playing catch up.

If you have ever visited the children's section of a public library you know how overwhelming it can be... there are literally books EVERYWHERE. Which ones to pick? Which bokos would be good for my child? Which have the best illustrations? the best stories? the most socially redeeming themes? It can be very daunting.

Of course, you could always ask a librarian for help ;) (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, shameless plug for my profession)

Or... you can try looking for one of the many medal winning children's books that are the corner stone of any good children's library.

You are probably familiar with the Newbery (best children's literature) and Caldecott (best picture book) medals but did you know that there are others?

Coretta Scott King Book Award
Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.

(Pura) Belpré Medal
The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award
The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Have fun discovering new award winning literature with your kids!

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