Last Thursday I listed some of the American LIbrary Association's Youth Media Awards, and highlighted three winning books from among the Coretta Scott King, Schneider, and Pura Belpré awards. I had fully intended to go back to the other honors given at ALA, but was stopped by the appearance of one of my favorite things and its name is the 2010 Notable Children's Books List.
Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. The list also includes the current year's Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books. Now Notable Children's Books that have also received other ALA awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award, Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Schneider Family Book Award, are noted as well. I hope that next year that they will include the age-appropriate winners of those categories, regardless of whether they were already chosen as Notable Books.
As a parent, this is the ultimate list to take to your library throughout the year to expand your exposure to different styles, genres, and cultures. I've talked about some of the books listed already in my other posts, but today I'll put the focus on three picture books that made the Notables list and that were also nominated for the Cybils Fiction Picture Book awards.
by Linda Newbery, illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Posy is a most delightful kitten who tangles yarn, swipes crayons, and cuddles mommy. The abstract style may surprise those looking for a standard, sweet watercolor, but offers so much more in the artistic interpretation. The illustrations are amazing with a sense of texture and movement that springs from the page. The slight, rhyming text is geared to the youngest readers and the gentle story of exploration will bring them back again and again.
Waiting for Winter
by Sebastian Meschenmoser
Hearing about this wondrous thing called snow, a squirrel is determined to wait it out to see the first sign of the cold, white, soft stuff. As he involves Hedgehog and Bear in his wait, they each suspect things that are most definitely not snow, but that will make readers giggle. Of course, in the end the real snow falls in all its cold, white, soft beauty. Lovely pencil illustrations give interest and humor to the story.
by Langston Hughes, photography Charles R. Smith Jr.
Langston Hughes' 1923 classic poem provides the muse for a photographic tribute of African Americans through different stages of life, shades of color, and state of being. The short poem is portioned out a bit at a time, allowing each word and each picture the space to resonate. Quiet, joyful, and ultimately moving.
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