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2010 Award-Winning Children's Books

Check out the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winners!

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The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

"The screech of an owl, the squeak of a mouse and the roar of a lion transport readers to the Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop's classic fable. In glowing colors, Pinkney's textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends." -- ALA Caldecott Medal Winner

All the World

All the World

"Frazee's small vignettes and sweeping double-page spreads invite readers to share a joyful day with a diverse, multigenerational community. Flowing lines and harmonious colors give vibrant life to Scanlon's poetic text." -- ALA Caldecott Honor Book

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

"Zagarenski's playful illustrations enliven Sidman's expressive poetry in this exploration of the seasons and their colors. Computer illustration and mixed-media paintings on wood combine rich textures, intriguing graphic elements, stunning colors and stylized figures to reward attentive readers with a visually exciting interplay of poetry and illustration. -- ALA Caldecott Honor Book

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

"Twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot." -- ALA Newbery Medal Winner

Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice

Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice

"Hoose reveals the true story of an unsung hero of the Montgomery bus boycott. Hoose's work stands out for its creative approach to narrative biography. Colvin's own recollections are merged seamlessly with the narrative voice, providing a uniquely personal view of Colvin and the Civil Rights Movement." -- ALA Newbery Honor Book

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

"On the eve of the 20th century, 11-year-old Calpurnia awakens to new possibilities, and through her evolving relationship with her naturalist grandfather, learns to think like a scientist. Kelly's rich, evocative language captures Callie's distinctive voice and lively observations of the natural world." -- ALA Newbery Honor Book

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

"A rich tapestry of stories, both original and traditional, transports readers to a fantastic world where Dragon joins Minli on a fortune-changing quest." -- ALA Newbery Honor Book

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

"This rollicking yarn, presented through the voice of 12-year-old Homer, uses humor and pluck to mitigate the horrors of the Civil War." -- ALA Newbery Honor Book

Bad News for Outlaws : The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

Bad News for Outlaws : The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma. -- Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

My People

My People

Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today. -- Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

Mare's War

Mare's War

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps. -- Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The famous poem, taken from The collected poems of Langston Hughes (c1994), illustrated with watercolors. -- Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

The Rock and the River

The Rock and the River

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party. -- Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Author Award