Award winning books of 2014 (so far!)

9780763660406_p0_v6_s260x420Many of the literary awards for the year of 2014 have already been announced. In case you needed a new book to read for the upcoming 3 day weekend, this can be your guide!  A few we’ve read (and loved), and a few we haven’t read but will be on our TBR list!  This is not the definitive list, of course, but books and awards worth mentioning.

This year’s Newbury Medal was awarded to Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventureswritten by Kate DiCamillo.  Ms DiCamillo has once been awarded the Newbury Medal before, this story about an unlikely hero is story anyone can relate to – and love.

The Caldecott Medal was given to Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.  This book was also award the Silbert Honor.  Set in the summer of 1869, a family travels along the first transcontinental railroad to meet their father who had been working out west.  Train lovers will enjoy this one, along with parents who may be history buffs.  My daughter and I really enjoyed this one!

9780316055437_p0_v5_s260x420The National Book Award – Not yet announced, but I heard that the awards ceremony is going to be hosted by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).

The Pulitzer Award  went to The Goldfich.  I’m not surprised this book, written by Donna Tartt, was recognized and rewarded by the Pulitzer people.  This book has been on so many lists of the best books of the year so far.  It’s been on my to-be-read list, but I haven’t read it yet.  I always make it a point to read the Pulitzer winners, so this may get bumped up to the top of my list!

The Children’s Book Council gives out four major awards each year.  The awards are given for four separate age groups.  The award for grades K-2 is The Day the Crayons Quit.  9781426311024_p0_v1_s260x420Written by Drew Daywalt, I have read this story so many times to my daughter I could practically recite it.  No joke – it’s still hilarious though!!  For grades 3-4, the award went to Bugs in My Hair, written by David Shannon.  A tale about head lice, this is a story that any grade schooler can relate to!  The award for grades 5-6 went to National Geographic Kids: Myth Busted.  Written by Emily Krieger, this book focuses on busting myths that have been passed around by kids for many years.  Looking through this book, I recognize some urban myths that I heard about when I was a kid.  I know someone who is a huge fan of the show Mythbusters who would absolutely love this book! The Teen Book award was given to Allegiant.  Given the popularity of the series, and the movie that was released not too long ago it’s no surprise this award was given to Ms. Roth.

If your beach bag isn’t full enough already – stick one of these books in it.  These books will also come in handy if you’re trying to keep kids busy this summer.  Enjoy!

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