Following up on my theme of “Best of Best Books 2015” I started thinking about which books would make my cut for Mock Caldecott and Newbery lists. I can’t pick a favorite book-it’s too much like picking a favorite child. I have created a unique relationship with each one.
But I do want to limit my list of possible contenders for January 11th’s ALA Youth Media Awards. So here are my personal choices for best of the best:
(Click on a book jacket, then click ‘view original’ to link up on the GoodReads page for that book)
My Mock Caldecott Choices:
My Mock Newbery Choices
I’ll be tuning in at 8am on January 11 to see who the committee chooses, but they are all winners for beautifully written stories that have made me laugh, cry, wonder, and share in 2015. Until then, I am anxiously awaiting our Christmas vacation so that I have more time to READ!
What’s On My Book Radar
STELLA BY STARLIGHT
by Sharon Draper
One night Stella and her little brother see a band of white hoods gathering around a fire in the woods-the Klan has returned to their small town. Sharon Draper’s story brings us incredible insight into the struggles that Stella and her family (and friends) must confront on a daily basis, simply because of the color of their skin. Beautifully narrated through the perspective of a wise child grappling with the illogical notion of prejudice-this is a must read for classrooms everywhere! By the author of Out of My Head-Sharon Draper has created another classic.