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Thoreau Elementary Library: 2019 Award Winning Books

Need help finding a good book to read? Here are some good recommended reading resources.

John Newbery Medal


John Newbery Medal for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Children's Literature

2019 Winner
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

2019 Honor Books
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Pura Belpre Award

            Pura Belpre Award

Pura Belpre Awards Honoring a Latinx Writer and Illustrator Whose Children's Books Best Portray, Affirm and Celebrate the Latino Cultural Experience

2019 Author Winner
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

2019 Author Honor Book 
They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems by David Bowles 

2019 Illustrator Winner
Dreamers, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

2019 Illustrator Honor Books
Islandborn, Illustrated by Leo Espinosa
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, Illustrated by Jose Ramirez


Coretta Scott King Award

 Coretta Scott King Award medal

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Recognizing and African-American Author of Outstanding Books for Children

2019 Winner
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

2019 Honor Books 
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome 

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Randolph Caldecott Medal

       caldecott medal

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished American Picture Book for Children

2019 Winner
Hello Lighthouse, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

2019 Honor Books
Alma and How She Got Her Name, Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
A Big Mooncake for Little Star, Illustrated by Grace Lin
The Rough Patch, Illustrated by Brian Lies
Thank You, Omu!, Illustrated by Oge Mora


Stonewall Book Award

Stonewall Award

Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Books of Exceptional Merit Relating to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Experience

2019 Winner
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

2019 Honor Books
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Golden Archer

National Book Award

National Book Award

Theodore Geisel Award

A Librarian's Experience on the Geisel Award Committee ...The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

2019 Winner:  Fox the Tiger written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor 

book cover: fox the tigerTigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best.  



2019 Honor Books:

book cover: The Adventures of Otto: See Pip FlapThe Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap, written and illustrated by David Milgrim

Pip wants to fly! With ingenuity and robot know-how, Otto figures out a way to help his rodent friend achieve his airborne dream. In “See Pip Flap”, minimal vocabulary, inventive illustrations, and a funny premise support beginning readers’ explorations. 


book cover: Fox & Chick, the PartyFox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories, written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Wily Chick and patient pal Fox star in three charming vignettes in which they explore the fun and frustrations of friendship. The warm and humorous story of these unlikely friends combines the design of a graphic novel with the simple vocabulary and ease of a beginning reader. 


book cover: King & Kayla Case of the Missing ToothKing & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth, written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers 

In five short chapters, Kayla and her clever dog King solve the case of a missing tooth. Narrated by the canine sleuth, this simple mystery features creative repetition, predictable action and supportive illustrations that reward children with a successful and satisfying reading experience. 


book cover: Tiger vs. NightmareTiger vs. Nightmare, written and illustrated by Emily Tetri,

In a bold graphic novel, Tiger must summon her courage to face her fears. She battles her scariest nightmare, and thanks to her friend Monster, she doesn’t have to do it alone. A sometimes frightening, definitely charming, and always beautiful tale of beasts and bravery. 


Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Awards Honor an Author or Illustrator for a Book That Embodies an Artistic Expression of the Disability Experience for Child and Adolescent Audiences.

2019 Winner for Teens
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

2019 Honor Book for Teens
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health, edited by Kelly Jensen