Newbery & Caldecott Winners & Honors | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Newbery & Caldecott Winners & Honors

Newbery & Caldecott Winners & Honors

Did you know that the annual Newbery and Caldecott winners are selected by the American Library Association? The committee works all year long to read books, look at the illustrations, and take notes on many of the books you might have already borrowed from the library! The Newbery and Caldecott winners and honors are usually very popular; one might even become your new favorite. Here are the winners and honors for 2019:

Newbery Award Winner:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida because she and her brother are scholarship students. So when Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally has been acting strangely lately. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school and the steadfast connection that defines family.

Newbery Honors:

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.

Caldecott Award Winner:

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Blackall’s latest book explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper. Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

Caldecott Honors:

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together; especially in the garden. But when his dog passes away, Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

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