It’s an exciting time of year for children’s book awards.

There are two very important children’s book awards given annually by the American Library Association. Everyone involved in children’s literature awaits this event each year. The author and illustrator choose are given a great honor. These books are considered the best of the best. They are both very coveted awards.

The Newbery Award

When You Trap a Tiger

The Newbery has been awarded annually by the ALA since 1922 “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” There is a medal winner and usually from one to five honor books, which I list below the medal books. Sometimes referred to as the “Newbery award,” the Newbery Medal is the oldest and most prestigious children’s book award given in the United States.

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

The Caldecott Award

We are Water Protectors

The Caldecott has been awarded annually by the ALA since 1938 “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Like the Newbery, there is one medal winner and usually a number of honor books, which I list below the medal books. Also known loosely as the Caldecott award, winners are likely to stay in print indefinitely due to the Caldecott’s prestige.

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

I love seeing the books that are chosen for these awards each year. I can’t wait to read them.

The Caldecott Award This Year Goes to Dan Santat!

ZFor his book BEEKLE!!

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

Congratulations Dan, I love this book!