Here is an analogy to solve: Oscars: Movies::______: Children’s Literature. The answer? Caldecott and Newbery, and both awards have just been announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Seattle. Granted, the Oscars receive more press, but in the publishing world, few things compare to these prestigious awards. The Caldecott, named after 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, is awarded to honor the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book of the year. It has been awarded every year since 1938, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the award. The 2013 Caldecott is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen. In 1922, the American Library Association wanted to begin an award that would encourage creative work in the field of books for children. Named after the 18th century English bookseller John Newbery, the Newbery award became the first children’s book award in the world. It continues to be the best known and most talked about children’s book award in this country. This year’s winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
“Books anytime, anywhere” with SD Titles to Go has added many new titles in eBook and audiobook formats for the new year. Each member library pays a membership fee, and a committee is in charge of ordering books for the system. User input is appreciated! Simply search in the tab marked “additional titles” to recommend a book to the committee. Books marked with an asterisk below are available in EBook or audio format at http://southdakota.lib.overdrive.com.
New in fiction: The Messenger by Siri L. Mitchell; American Ghost by Janis Owens; Vanished by Irene Hannon; Black Fridays by Michael Sears; The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift; The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore; The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin*; Blood Money by James Grippando; Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes; Cold Days by Jim Butcher; Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods; Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman; The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer; Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark; The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier; Nano by Robin Cook; Private Berlin by James Patterson; Shadow Woman by Linda Howard*; A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Shepard Gray; Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter; The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen; The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis*.
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Library Director, Hand County Public Library