At last week’s American Libraries Association mid-winter conference, a number of award ceremonies took place, including the Caldecott Medal, Newberry Award, and Prinz Awards.
Jerry Pinkney took home the Caldecott Medal for his new young reader book based on Aesop’s fables, The Lion and the Mouse. Set on a vividly-rendered African Serengeti, Pinkney’s wordless retelling is a “classic tale from a consummate artist.”
Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me took home the Newberry Award for 2010. It’s a complex time-travel mystery set in 1970s New York, and is suitable for a preteen and teen reader who can appreciate a complex story with a compelling heroine and a “baffling, heart-pounding conclusion.”
Finally, Libba Bray’s Going Bovine won this year’s Prinz Award for Young Adult literature. It’s a hallucinatory tale that pays tribute to Cervante’s Don Quixote in character and narrative, but is “ambitious, tender, thought-provoking and often fall-off-the-chair funny.”
Reviews of these and many other titles available from the Delaware Library Catalog can be found in the “look inside” tab of each catalog record, by clicking the “N” icon where available to connect to the NoveList database, or by reading library patron reviews submitted via the LibraryThing review feature.