2016 Award Books

photo Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (2016 Caldecott Medal)
illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick

Finding Winnie is an incredible account of the friendship and love shared between a soldier and the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Blackall beautifully interprets this multi-dimensional family story through her distinctive Chinese ink and watercolor art, capturing intimate and historical details perfect for a child’s eye.

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photo Last Stop on Market Street (2015 Newbery Medal and 2016 Caldecott Honor)
by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him. CJ’s questions are familiar, and Nana answers him with gentle wisdom. Right up until their arrival at the last stop on Market Street, Nana guides CJ to become “a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

Readers are transported, along with a young boy and his grandmother, on a journey through the city. Robinson’s illustrations, a colorful mix of acrylic paint and collage, feel both vintage and fresh. The diversity, vibrancy, and beauty of the urban setting are celebrated as CJ and Nana share meaningful moments together.

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photo Trombone Shorty (2016 Caldecott Honor)
illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Castillo

In this autobiography, Trombone Shorty reminisces about his early life in the jazz music scene of his beloved hometown of New Orleans. Through Collier’s paintings and collage illustrations, the story’s authentic, heartfelt tone is masterfully realized.

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photo Waiting (2015 Caldecott Honor)
by Kevin Henkes

Waiting delivers an intimate story of five figurines, each anticipating the wonder of everyday moments. Using rich brown lines and a soft pastel palette, Henkes invites young readers to slow down and explore a range of emotions in a world on a windowsill.

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photo Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015 Caldecott Honor)
illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

In this biography in verse, Ekua Holmes’ illustrations provide children with an intensely visual encounter with Civil Rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. The repetition of colors and motifs within the richly layered collage create complex images that capture Hamer’s power and bravery.

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photo The War that Saved my Life (2016 Newbery Honor)
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Bradley’s powerful plot, remarkably drawn characters and sparse language are outstanding components of this novel about courage, community and conviction.

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photo Roller Girl (2015 Newbery Honor)
by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid falls in love with roller derby and learns how to be tougher, stronger and fearless. Jamieson perfectly captures the highs and lows of growing up in this dynamic graphic novel.

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photo Echo (2015 Newbery Honor)
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This original fairytale intertwines with historical fiction to explore music and its power to save, heal and set free.

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