I love reading to my kids, and it’s quite possibly my favorite thing to do. If you’re looking for a new experience that will not only benefit your kids, but will also carry you down memory lane, this activity is hard to beat.
With that said, I present you tonight with another recommended reading list (actually several lists), this time taken from the pages of Writer’s Digest (one of my favorite magazines.)
In the February issue, in the magazine’s regular “Questions and Quandaries” feature, the magazine’s editors directed individuals interested in toddler books, picture books, easy readers, middle grade and young adult books to the Association for Library Service to Children’s list of writing award winners – ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/index.cfm.
On this site, you’ll find complete lists of the winners of the Caldecott Medal (picture books), the Geisel Medal (readers), the Newberry Medal (usually awarded to middle grade books) and the Printz Award (young adult).
You really can’t go wrong by selecting a book off any of these lists, and most public and school libraries carry these titles as part of their general circulation or in their children’s libraries. I know that way back in the day, the library at Frisco City Elementary School had a special section of shelves dedicated just to the Caldecott and Newberry winners. (Raise your hand if you had to read “Johnny Tremain”?)
Just as a sample, here are the most recent winners of these awards. The 2010 Newberry Medal went to “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. “The Lion & the Mouse,” which was illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney won the 2010 Caldecott Medal. The 2010 Geisel Medal went to “Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!,” which was written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. The 2010 winner of the Printz Award was "Going Bovine"
by Libba Bray.