On Monday, the American Library Association announced the 2012 Youth Media Award Winners. Some of the awards given out were the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and many others. To see the full list of 2012 award winning books, the ALA has the press release with all of the titles, authors, illustrators, and other important information on their website.
As a parent who has an older child that is now reading chapter books, I like to keep up to date on these new award winning books . Of course, during my days in the classroom I read a lot of them as well.
I previously wrote about some of the Newbery titles that I have read over the years. I not only read these because I adored seeing all of the children’s literature that are out there, but also to see what to use within my classroom. I will not lie, I often selected titles that were Newbery Medal or Honor winners. They were not the only titles, but most years I would select 1-2 Newbery trade books to read as a literature unit.
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The four books above have something in common. They are all Newbery Medal or Newbery Honor books. They are also four books that I taught during Language Arts units in my own classroom. Each of them is unique in their own way. They connect with other subject areas and are fantastic books.
I know that I hope to check out the new Newbery winners for 2012 soon.
Have you read any of the 2012 award books? I would love to hear about them. What have you read recently? Please be sure to link up to your Book Posts in the comments below. Include something you read on your own, with a child or someone else. Tuesday Tales are all about spreading the love for books.
Disclosure: Four Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post with the four book titles mentioned. I will receive a percentage of money for the sale should you opt to buy the books through that link.
Love this post! Right now we are reading “A Boy Called Dickens”….fictional story about Charles Dickens, but based on pieces of his childhood. Very good! I’ll be writing it up soon.
Do you have any advice about what chapter books I might start with for my 4 yr old?
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I have not read any of this year’s winners with my kids, but just added a few books to their wishlists! Thanks for posting this. I heard the story on NPR this morning, but forgot to look it up when I got to work!