Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses won the Newbery medal for “the most distinguished American children’s book” of 2014. The story of a squirrel who is revived after being swallowed whole by a high-powered vacuum is illustrated in black and white by K. G. Campbell. Locomotive, by Brian Floca, was the winner of the Caldecott medal, “given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year.” Both the Newberry and Caldecott medals were awarded by the American Library Association. Read more about the winners and the other honorees in today’s NPR article.
Maurice Sendak, widely considered by many to be the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, died Tuesday at the age of 83. He wrote and illustrated more than a dozen picture books, and is most well known for Where the Wild Thing Are which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Other favorites include In the Night Kitchen, The Sign on Rosie’s Door, and Chicken Soup with Rice. A posthumous picture book, My Brother’s Book is scheduled to be published next February. Check out the library catalog for the rest of his works.
Today’s New York Times has a wonderful article on Sendak, including a link to his 2-part interview with Stephen Colbert.