Caldecott and Newbery Awards 2021

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The John Newbery Medal award is for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.  Enjoy reading one of 2021's award winners or try a Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Enjoy!


Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text express a child's awareness of being filled with deep emotions, from joy to sorrow and anger to compassion, but above all, love.
Call Number: E Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Christina Soontornvat
Description: All light in Chattana is created by one man -- the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong's prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free. Nok, the prison warden's perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family's good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear.
Call Number: J FIC Soo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Christina Soontornvat
Description: On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, Christina Soontornvat shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission.-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: YA 796.525 Soo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Carole Boston Weatherford, Michele Wood
Description: Henry Brown wrote that long before he came to be know as "Box," he "entered the world a slave." He was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next -- as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left, bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope -- and help -- came in the from of the Underground Railroad. Escape! Celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown's story of how he came to ship himself in a box from slavery to freedom.
Call Number: JB Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Description: Depending on an older sister who protected her when their mother went to prison and their mother's boyfriend committed a terrible act, 10-year-old Della tries to figure out what to do when her older sister attempts suicide
Call Number: J FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Cozbi A. Cabrera
Description: For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.
Call Number: E Cab
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.
Call Number: E Und
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Irene Latham, Karim Shamsi-Basha, Yuko Shimizu
Description: "In the midst of the Syrian Civil War, Alaa takes care of Aleppo's abandoned cats"-- Provided by publisher. Includes notes from the authors.
Call Number: E Lat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
Description: 2021 Caldecott Medal winner! Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.
Call Number: E Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Erin Entrada Kelly
Description: Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing seventh grade for the second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade on Main. And Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA's first female shuttle commander. The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project; they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.
Call Number: J FIC Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
Tae Keller
Description: 2021's Newbery Winner! When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
Call Number: J FIC Kel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 12, 2021
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A Place Inside Of Me : A Poem To Heal The Heart
Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon
E Ell
Outside In
Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby
E Und
A Wish In The Dark
Christina Soontornvat
J FIC Soo
The Cat Man Of Aleppo
Irene Latham, Karim Shamsi-Basha, Yuko Shimizu
E Lat
All Thirteen : The Incredible Cave Rescue Of The Thai Boys' Soccer Team
Christina Soontornvat
YA 796.525 Soo
We Are Water Protectors
Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
E Lin
Box : Henry Brown Mails Himself To Freedom
Carole Boston Weatherford, Michele Wood
JB Bro
We Dream Of Space
Erin Entrada Kelly
J FIC Kel
Fighting Words
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
J FIC Bra
When You Trap A Tiger
Tae Keller
J FIC Kel
Me And Mama
Cozbi A. Cabrera
E Cab