At 9 am on January 27, 2014, this year’s winners of the Youth Media Awards will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2014 Conference.
Here is what ALA says about the Youth Media Awards:
Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
The full list of awards is available on the ALA website.
And while we wait for the most prestigious awards to be announced for 2014, I would like to offer my vote/guess/opinion as to which picturebook published in the US in 2013 will win the Randolph Caldecott Award. This book will join all the amazing books that have come before it, including: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (2013), Jerry Pinkney’s Lion & the Mouse (2010), Selznick’s Invention of Hugo Cabret (2008), Rapunzelby Paul O. Zelinsky (1998), Van Allsburg’s Polar Express (1968), and Robert McClosky’s Make Way for Ducklings (1942).
And without further ado, my (Ms. Kristina’s) 2014 pick for the Caldecott award is:
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown because of the depth and simplicity of the narrative, the clean and enigmatic illustrations and because it remains one of the most distinguished picturebooks of 2013. It made me want to analyze the text while appreciating the aesthetic. One of the few picturebooks I rated with 5 out of 5 stars this past year.
To find out more about the Caldecott Award’s namesake, check out this fantastic biography: Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard Marcus. Fairfield Public Library also has a Children’s Literature Collection that includes all of the past Caldecott winning books for reference.