The Newbery and Caldecott Awards for excellence in children's literature were announced Monday. The Newbery Medal went to Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins.
The Caldecott Medal was awarded to The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster.
Caldecott Honor Books are Rosa illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni, Zen Shorts, written and illustrated by Jon J, Muth, Hot Air: the (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-air Balloon Ride written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, and Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems illustrated by Beckie Prange and written by Joyce Sidman.
Our resident children's lit maven highly recommends all of them. Check them out for your kids (or for yourself).