Meg Medina, an author, recently said in a The Horn Book Magazine
article, "children who seem to have nothing in common with one another can love exactly the same story for completely different reasons. Students can connect across worlds through a book, but they first have to know the book exists."
This connection is why I love annual book lists. Libraries do not have enough money to purchase every book, but book lists help us ensure we have a rich availability of stories for children. There are many different lists. Texas Library Association has ones ranging from aged 2 up to high school. The 2x2 reading list
, a recommended reading list for children aged 2 years to 2nd grade produced annually by the Texas Library Association's Children's Round Table, always has activities accompanying each book. Check out this year's! I, Fly
and Mother Bruce
are some of my favorites.
You can also explore this year's American Library Association's Youth and Media Award winners.
The 2016 Newbery Medal Winner was a shock to most. The winning story was a picture book, that also received the Caldecott Medal Honor. The Newbery Medal is given "to the author of the most distinguished contribution to literature for children published in the United States." The Caldecott Medal is given "to honor the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States." In general, Newbery Medals have gone to chapter books and Caldecott Medals have gone to picture books, but any book for children 0-14 can be up for grabs.
We cannot wait to have this book available for you! It is called Last Stop on Market Street
You can explore other excellent books on Association for Library Service to Children