Here are the 2013 American Library Association Picture Book Award winners!
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi MoralesThis 2013 Winner of the Pura Belpre Award (1) is an excellent read aloud for toddlers and preschoolers. It not only shows a young boy battling his fears and frustrations in the form of wrestling opponents, but the inside cover also teaches pronunciation and aspects of these Spanish villains. If you want to do a child superhero storytime, this could be paired with Dinosaur versus Bedtime by Bob Shea.
Locomotive by Brian FlocaThis beautiful book won the 2013 Caldecott Award (2). It walks a fine line between nonfiction and historical fiction as much of the information included in the book is accurate and cited in the back endpapers. This book is designed for elementary school age children due to its length, but pages could be summarized by a reader to appeal to a preschooler who is fascinated by trains. The art work, including some of the fonts used to tell the story, should be enough to keep younger children engaged.
This 2013 winner of the Schneider Family Picture Book Award
(3) is an interesting look into the life of a poor child who loved to draw and paint.
Horace grew up, went to war and was shot in the right arm which ended his
ability to create art. When he was in his 40’s, he discovered a way to make
pictures using his left hand to help guide his right hand holding a heated
fireplace poker to burn his art into wood. Eventually his right arm, still with
assistance from his left, grew strong enough to use discarded brushes and leftover
house paint he found to create his artwork. This book is not only a great book
to use when discussing art, colors, and art history, but it is also a great
book about finding a way to overcome a disability. This book could be read to
children from preschoolers on up.
A Splash of Red:
The Life and Art of Horace Pippen by Jen Bryant
The Watermelon Seed by Greg PizzoliThis 2013 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (4) is a cute read aloud book for babies through preschoolers. For children old enough to eat watermelons with seeds, you may want to explain that the crocodile is being silly for thinking that his stomach is able to be a garden for a seed to grow in. The colors of the book are bright and the text is simple. It will be a fun addition to a fruit or gardening theme storytime.
When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick HillThis 2013 winner of the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award (5) is an fascinating picture book biography for preschool and elementary school children interested in music, dance, urban life, rhythm, and history. I really enjoyed reading this book and after finishing it, am thinking about how I can use it in a future program.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan RothThis 2013 winner of the Siebert Informational Book Award (6) is a nonfiction telling of the almost extinction of the Puerto Rican Parrot and the efforts to bring back its numbers in the wild. The book's artwork is created with colorful cut paper and the book has to be turned on its edge to be read. The vocabulary and informational style is appropriate for upper elementary school age or for younger children who like books that are more factual than traditional nonfiction picture books.
(2) Randolph Caldecott Medal
(3) Schneider Family Book Award
(5) Coretta Scott King Book Awards