The winner of the 2016 Caldecott is…

Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Blackall has illustrated over 20 children’s books, but this is her first Caldecott Medal. You can read about her creative process for this book on her blog. Start with this blog, but make sure you also go to her other blogs about Finding Winnie. Remember the Randolph Caldecott Medal goes to the illustrator of the book, not to the author.

The Caldecott Committee named 4 Caldecott Honor Books for 2016. The Honor Books for this year are divided evenly between story books and picture book biographies. All are wonderful reads to share with the young people in your life.

Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier. As noted in a previous blog post, this is Collier’s fourth time to receive the Caldecott Honor award.

Trombone Shorty

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes.

Voice of Freedom

Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson. In addition to a Caldecott Honor, this book won the Newbery Medal for author Matt de la Pena.