The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on January 28, 2014.
Some of the winners that relate to early childhood are listed below and those marked with an * are held in the library’s collection (or soon will be!).
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Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Winner: “Locomotive*,” illustrated by Brian Floca,
Honor Books :
- “Journey*,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becke.
- “Flora and the Flamingo*,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle
- .“Mr. Wuffles!*” written and illustrated by David Wiesner.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Winner: “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me*,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Daniel Beaty
Honor Book: “Nelson Mandela*,” illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:
Winner: “When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop,” illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Winner for children ages 0 to 10: “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin*,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Winner: “Niño Wrestles the World*,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales and written by Yuyi Morales and published by .
- “Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita,” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez..
- “Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo*,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown
- “Pancho “Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale*,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Winner: “Parrots over Puerto Rico*,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth.
- “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin*,” written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
- “Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard*,” written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate
- “Locomotive*,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca
- “The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius*,” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:
Winner: “The Watermelon Seed*,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.
- “Ball*,” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan.
- “A Big Guy Took My Ball!*” written and illustrated by Mo Willems
- “Penny and Her Marble*,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.