Award Winning Books

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner

Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Graphic of book Caldecott Finding Winnie
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear.

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick.

"In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh."

2016 Newbery Medal Winner

Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Graphic for Book Newbery Last Stop on Market Street
Last Stop on Market Street.

Written by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

"Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share."

2016 Geisel Award Winner

Awarded annually to the artist/writer of the most distinguished American picture book for beginning readers.

Graphic for Book Geisel Don't Throw It to Mo
Don't Throw It to Mo!

Written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks.

"Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins, his football team. His classmates don’t mind, but the kids on their rival team tease him for being a "butterfingers" who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins!"

2016 Odyssey Award Winner

Awarded annually to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults available in the U.S.

Graphic for Book 6 / 8 Odyssey The War That Saved My Life
The War That Saved My Life.

Written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwistle, produced by Listening Library.

"Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?"

For more Caldecott, Newbery, Geisel and Odyssey honorees and past winners, as well as winners and honorees for additional awards, visit the ALA website.

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