Last Stop on Market Street. Matt de la Pena won the Newbery Medal for this tender quiet story of a boy learning from his grandmother the true meaning of wealth. Christian Robinson won double honors from the Caldecott award and the CSK award for his vibrant illustrations of life in a city.
Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. A Canadian soldier adopts a homeless bear cub, taking it with him almost to the WWI frontlines. A few years later boy named Christopher Robin meets the now grown bear in a London zoo. A mother weaves these strands into a bedtime story for her son, rich with history and creativity.
Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott for her illustrations, which funny, since bears are not her usual subject! Blackall creates whimsical children best seen in picture books such as Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst.
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews also won double honors for best illustrations from the CKS award and Caldecott award! Bryan Collier uses colorful cut-outs to bring the true life story of a boy who began making music at age 4. New Orleans music and culture comes to life, dancing and parading through the mixed-media artwork.