2014 Newbery Medal winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press. The 2014 Newbery Honor Books are: Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes; One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy by Vince Vawter.
School Library Journal recommends Flora & Ulysses for children in grades 4-6, stating, “Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry. Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., “Holy unanticipated occurrences!”) and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers.
2014 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book was awarded to Brian Floca for Locomotive. This winner is not just another pretty picture book – the rich text makes for an wonderful exploration of train travel in the 1800’s. Booklist’s starred review describes, “an ebullient, breathtaking look at a family’s 1869 journey from Omaha to Sacramento via the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad. The unnamed family is a launching point for Floca’s irrepressible exploration into, well, everything about early rail travel, from crew responsibilities and machinery specifics to the sensory thrills of a bridge rumbling beneath and the wind blasting into your face.”
The Caldecott Honor Books are: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner.
Visit the ALA website for a complete list of Book and Media Award winners. These titles are available in print and digital formats at both the Main and Fairfield Woods Branch Libraries.