Newbery Award for Best Children’s Book
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson follows a little boy and his grandmother on their bus ride through the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. On the way, they interact with and comment on the diverse people and neighborhoods they see. The story is full of energy, bringing to life the feeling of public transportation and the rich fabric of city life. Pegged for K-2nd grade.
Caldecott Award for Best Children’s Book Illustrations
Finding Winnie:The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall tells the true story of the bear that was the inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh books. The story is mesmerizing. Small children will love the way it addresses issues that always concern them – a parent’s love and protection. And the pictures have a beautiful washed-colors look to them that captures the feeling of being outdoors. Pegged for K-3rd grade.