Today's ALA Youth Media Awards
prompted me to pull from my shelves the books I bought this year by those authors and illustrators recognized by the ALA. Here's a photo of the covers:
This year's Caldecott Medal winner was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book on November 7, 2010. Yesterday I stopped by the bookstore en route to Book Club to buy Philip C. and Erin E. Stead's A Sick Day for Amos McGee
because I liked the title, I liked the concept, and the illustrations reminded me of Ellen Raskin's Nothing Good Every Happens on My Block
, one of the first books I had to read before shelving as a school library volunteer.Me, Frida
by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz (Abrams); Dear Pimo, A Letter to My Cousin
by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams); and The Three Golden Keys
by Peter Sis (Frances Foster Books) were purchases at ALA's summer meeting in Washington, DC, in June 2010. All three intrigued me for different reasons. Because I'm a fan of David Diaz's work, and of Frida Kahlo's, Me, Frida
was on my list of must-have titles. At the same booth, was a debut picture book author-illustrator. Dear Primo
reminded me of letters sent home (and blog posts here) about new places in which I've lived; so I picked up his book, too. Both were named Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Books
. Prior to ALA, I read about Peter Sis and especially wanted to read about Prague. When I lived overseas, I met a great number of people who'd visited this city, and I wanted to see it from the perspective of a children's illustrator. Sis received the Mary Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
for his body of work.
Finally, Tomie dePaola's Christmas Remembered
(Putnam) was a surprise find among a stack of books at my local grocer(!) the week before Christmas. For many years, I've selected a holiday title to add to our shelves, so I was delighted to find this collection of vignettes, including a Fairmont Avenue story. My children grew up with the words and stories of this author, so I agreed wholeheartedly with the awarding of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
for lasting contribution to children's literature. Tomi dePaola's work is first-rate, engaging, and captures moments in time important to my family.
In fact, that is the defining quality of what I buy in books; each title above captures an important moment in time. They are like bones to an archaeologist showing a piece of history with words and art that touches both heart and mind of the reader. It's always fun to find out which authors and illustrators I've enjoyed that have also captured the attention of the country's most attentive librarians. Now to decide which of other titles on today's list
to add to my collection!