2014 ALA Best Books for Children

Last Week the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. We thought we would pass on the good news to you. Here are the top wins, but for the full list of ALA honored books visit the site hereĀ here.

Caldecott Medal Winner

locomotive by brian floca cover imageLocomotive by Brian Floca

The award for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Perfect for the train-obsessed little boy in your life! Follow the early days of cross country train travel with stunning illustrations depicting beautiful passing landscapes. There’s enough detail there to capture interest and fuel endless questions. And now with the Caldecott stamp of approval this is a no brainer for you child’s library.

Newbery Medal Winner

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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

This award is given for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

This novel for kids uses magical realism to dreamily bring to life the story of a young, adventurous girl and the squirrel she adopts as her new friend, Ulysses. He just happens to be a squirrel that loves to write poetry. And together they begin many adventures. DiCamillo creates rich characters within a unique plot, but the illustrations throughout make this book a perfect fit for even the most reluctant readers.


Printz Medal Winner

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Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

This award is given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Through a series of vignettes set on a Scandinavian island with a rich history, we meet Eric and Merle, young lovers who are taken from each other. They find themselves reunited over in different bodies – once as mother and son, as artist and child, etc. – but will they ever find themselves able to be together in love again?

A story of a beautiful and timeless romance but with Sedgwick’s gothic touch.


Congratulations to all the winners! Were there any books you expected to see win this year, but didn’t? Let us know in the comments.


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