Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The awards commenced in 1938.
There are also a number of other specialist awards for fiction and non-fiction that were announced on the same day and are outlined at the end of the post.
The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is 'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children's Books.
One day he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family. Ivan is changed and sees his home and his art in a new way. Ruby changes everything, including Ivan. This is wonderful tale about friendship, art and hope. Through the narrative voice of Ivan Katherine Applegate creates a memorable story.
“Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla’s-eye-view of the world that challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves.”
Three honour books were also announced.
Splendors and Glooms' by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press.
Lizzie Rose, Parsefall and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in this deliciously dark and complex tale set in Dickensian England, where adventure and suspense are interwoven into nuanced explorations of good versus evil.
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon' by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
2. Caldecott Medal 2013
The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is 'This Is Not My Hat', written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.
When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humour swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.
This darkly humorous tale is brilliant. The simplicity of language and image is its secret. Klassen was also the illustrator of another book named as an honour book in the Caldecott, 'Extra Yarn' (see below). This is a rare double. What's his secret? When asked about his work recently Klassen commented:
"What I like best is boiling a story down to something really simple."
Using the subtle changes in image and supporting words, Klassen creates humour and tension. The Big fish wants his hat back and it seems that he knows just what has happened. We follow the fish and imagine what the outcome will be.
The chair of the Caldecott judging panel commented:
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know."
The judges also announced four honour books.
'Creepy Carrots!', illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
'Extra Yarn', illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
'Green', illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her fresh approach to the multiple meanings of “green.” Using thickly layered acrylics, word pairings and cleverly placed die cuts, she invites readers to pause, pay attention and wonder.
I just love this book. As with all beginning books that deal with concepts, its strength is its simplicity and meticulous use of the right words, images and of course, colours.
'One Cool Friend', illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
'Sleep Like a Tiger', illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and repeated visual motifs, her parents coax her into bed. Using mixed media artwork on wood enhanced with computer illustrations, this is a whimsical story with universal appeal.
Other major awards
3. The 'Pura Belpre Award
This is an award to a Latino or Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth. The judges made an award to an author and illustrator.
Award to an author
'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe', by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' brings readers the tale of 15-year-old loner Aristotle Mendoza and his friendship with Dante Quintana. Sáenz exquisitely captures the story of two boys on the edge of manhood. By addressing issues of identity, friendship, family and love, Sáenz pushes beyond geography, sexuality and cultural identity to create a truly universal novel.
“Sáenz demonstrates superb use of language and character development, while gently exploring important aspects of identity without straying into gender or cultural stereotypes.”Award to an illustrator
'Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert', illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt, and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
The committee chair said that the panel was "...impressed with Diaz’s ability to capture and expand Schmidt’s text, while including references to traditional South American artisan crafts, word carvings and textiles."
The winner of this award was 'Up, Tall and High!', written and illustrated by Ethan Long. The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
The Geisel Award Committee chair said of the book: “Using few words, Ethan Long has created a book that children will enjoy on multiple levels. The humorous drawings and interactive story will have children raising flaps and reading their first words with confidence and delight."
'Let’s Go for a Drive!', written and illustrated by Mo Willems, and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
'Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons', written by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
5. Notable Lists
Younger Readers – Preschool-grade 2 (age 7)
Middle Readers – Grades 3-5, ages 8-10
Older Readers – Grades 6-8, ages 11-14
All Ages – These have appeal and interest for children in all of the above age ranges
You can find the lists for each category HERE