2013 Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners

The 2013 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners have been announced, so this would be the perfect time to sit down with your child and enjoy an award-winning book together.

2013 Caldecott Medal winner: This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press

In this humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat, but the hat fits him just right. When the big fish that owns it wants his hat back, a humorous situation with a lesson is created. Klassen’s controlled range of vocabulary, opposing narratives, and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and try to figure out the outcome.

“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of sea grass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke explained.

2013 Newbery Medal winner: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Applegate’s story comes to life through a gorilla’s distinctive narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion, and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope, and humanity.

“Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla’s-eye-view of the world that challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves,” noted Newbery Medal Committee Chair Steven Engelfried.