Winter is an important season when it comes to literature for kids and teens! The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are announced annually in the new year (they’re the children’s literature equivalent of the Oscars), including the Newbery and Caldecott awards. Here in the WFPL Children’s Department, we also announce our very own award winners! Each year we pick one picture book, one fiction book, and one nonfiction book as our favorites of the publishing year.
This year, we are pleased to announce that our winners are:
Pokko and the Drum written and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
Pokko is a frog who, quite literally, marches to the beat of her own drum. Forsythe’s soft, earthy tones are contrasted with expert use of white space and surprising page turns. Pokko will delight readers and inspire them to stay true to themselves!
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines written by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Robert Neubecker
This picture book biography introduces the life and work of Rube Goldberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. Goldberg created silly cartoons featuring machines that take the most absurd, roundabout way to get to their intended results! Aronson’s dynamic prose and Neubecker’s vibrant illustrations show us that there’s no right way to be creative and inspires us to think about tinkering, inventing, and expressing ourselves in unique ways.
Other Words for Home written by Jasmine Warga
Told in thoughtful free verse, Warga’s middle grade debut follows Jude, who leaves her father and brother behind in Syria to start a new life in America with her mother. Touching and relatable, this Newbery Honor book is a beautiful exploration of identity and family!
Stop by the Children’s Room to place these titles on hold, ask us about our other favorite books, or check out the many other extraordinary titles in our Award Winners section!
– Kazia, WFPL Children’s Librarian