Bored little kids over the summer Give them an exciting book to read

Bored little kids over the summer? Give them an exciting book to read

Bored little kids over the summer? Give them an exciting book to read!

From the very beginning, I have always loved reading. Even today, it is one of my favorite things to do for fun.

If you are not sure what books to get, here are some ideas.

The two most famous awards given to childrens' books are the Caldecott Medal and Newberry Medal.

Caldecott Medal books are all aimed at the younger readers, while the Newberry ones are generally for older children.

The 2011 Caldecott Medal winner is "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip C. Stead.

The following description came from the American Library Association. "In this tender tale of reciprocity and friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and receives a surprise visit from his caring animal friends. Erin Stead’s delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work complement Philip Stead’s understated, spare and humorous text to create a well-paced, gentle and satisfying book, perfect for sharing with friends."

There are also two Caldecott Honor books.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Collier’s arrestingly beautiful artistic interpretation of Hill’s poetic text reveals Dave the potter’s artistic process while also conveying the dignified triumph of his humanity in the face of oppression. Lush, earth-toned, multimedia collages are illuminated in soft, ethereal light that focuses the eye on the subject of each spread.

Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, published by Candlewick Press.

Stein’s hilarious story presents Little Chicken and her long-suffering Papa, who just wants to get through a bedtime story without his daughter’s metafictive disruptions. Exuberant artwork shifts media and style, taking readers into three fairy tales, culminating in Little Chicken’s “Bedtime for Papa,” but truly delivering a story for all.

If you want more information about Caldecott or Newberry Medal books, you can go to the American Library Association's website. Here's the direct link the the Caldecott Medal page.

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