Epic Adventures Await the Readers of the 2014 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winning Books

The 2014 winners of the most prestigious children’s book awards, Caldecott and Newbery, have been announced. If your students need something to read on a snow day or if your children are missing the Olympics, have them try out these medal winners.

The 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner, Locomotive, was written and illustrated by Brian Floca and published by Athneum Books for Young Readers.

Locomotive takes readers back 100 years to tell the story of America’s early railroads through the one family’s experiences. “The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Marion Hanes Rutsch, Caldecott Medal Committee Chair.

The 2014 Newbery Award Winner, Flora Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, was written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell, and published by Candlewick Press.

Kate DiCamillo tells a superhero story about Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses the squirrel. “Kate DiCamillo’s newest book ... is the rarest of all treasures, a truly inventive and appealing children’s middle-grade novel,” said Liz Rosenberg, a book review columnist for the Boston Globe. DiCamillo tells the story of Flora, who befriends a squirrel after a near-tragic event with a vacuum cleaner. Together the two develop special abilities that help them overcome the challenges in their lives.