This morning in Chicago the American Library Association announced this year's winners of the biggest awards in children's books. The 2015 list is loaded with a really interesting mix of titles including multiple graphic novels, stories in verse, and books that took home wins in more than one category. Kwame Alexander's The Crossover was awarded the Newbery Medal winner and Coretta Scott King Honor. The 2015 Caldecott committee chose The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat as the Caldecott Medal winner and this year selected six(!) Honor books. Below are the winning and honored books for these two awards, you can see the recipients of more 2015 children's book awards here.
Caldecott Medal for Picture Book Illustration
- The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat - Winner! Gorgeous illustrations help tell the story of an imaginary friend who takes matters into his own hands in order to find his special place to belong.
- Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo - Honor book A young boy spends the night in New York City with his Nana and learns that perspective can make all the difference.
- The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock - Honor book A beautiful picture book about one of the pioneers of abstract art,Vasily Kandinsky.
- Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett - Honor book A funny and delightfully puzzling picture book creation from the winning author/illustrator team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.
- Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales - Honor book A vibrant picture book depicting the life and art of Frida Kahlo. Also the winner of the Pura Belpré award for illustration.
- The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant- Honor book
A picture book biography of young Peter Mark Roget and how his love of books and words become that most important reference book, the thesaurus.
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki - Honor book
A rich teen graphic novel about one girl's summer between childhood and adolescence.
Newbery Medal Winner and Honors for Children's Literature:
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - Winner! A novel in verse, 12-year-old Josh Bell tells his story of family and the emotions that accompany the first experience of disconnection from his twin brother Jordan.
- El Deafo by Cece Bell - Honor book A moving and funny graphic novel autobiography of author/illustrator Cece Bell's early hearing loss, one very large hearing aid, and finding her own superpower.
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Honor book Also the Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 2015 Coretta Scott King Award, Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in verse is not to be missed.