This Saturday, April 14th, @BooksofWonder beginning at noon, SIX of this year’s seven Newbery & Caldecott medal winners and honorees will come together for a talent-filled event. You and your children are invited to an afternoon featuring everything from wordless picture books to wonderful middle grade books you will not want to put down. The Caldecott Medal and honorees are selected each year by The American Library Association as the finest picture books published in America the prior year. The Newbery Medal and honorees are selected by the ALA as the finest novels for young readers published the prior year. We are overjoyed and honored to be able to bring these celebrated and talented authors and artists together for you to experience the best in American children’s books.
Joining us will be author JACK GANTOS, winner of the Newbery Medal for Dead End in Norvelt, the story of an entirely true and wildly fictional, endlessly surprising two months in 1962 with a kid named Jack Gantos; author & artist CHRIS RASCHKA, winner of the Caldecott Medal for A Ball For Daisy, a wordless picture book about a dog who loves her bright red ball and what happens when another dog accidentally pops it. Raschka’s brilliant ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations convey this simple story as eloquently as any words could; author, artist, and beloved cartoonist PATRICK McDONNELL will be here for Me…Jane his Caldecott Honor Book, which brings to life the inspiring childhood of the little girl who would grow up to be beloved naturalist Jane Goodall; author & artist JOHN ROCCO will shareBlackout, his Caldecott Honor Book, detailing how a family comes together on a hot summer night in the city when the power goes out! Told with spectacular illustrations and few words, Rocco captures the magic and mystery of a big city and the joys of family; author & artist LANE SMITH will present Grandpa Green, his Caldecott Honor Book, in which a young boy tells us all about his beloved, though sometimes forgetful, great-grandfather, as he takes us through the garden where memories are handed down in the fanciful shape of topiary trees and imagination keeps alive memories too precious to be forgotten; and author & artist EUGENE YELCHIN will share Breaking Stalin’s Nose, his Newbery Honor Book (and debut novel), about young Sasha’s life growing up in the heart of Soviet Russia during the Cold War.
Beginning at noon the authors and artists will share their acclaimed books, take questions from the audience and then sign copies of all their wonderful titles. Ages 3 and up. Saturday, April 14th, 12-2pm.
We look forward to seeing all of you from the NYC area at this wonderful event. But for those of you who live too far away or can’t make it that day, please remember we’re always happy to have books signed for you and shipped to you, no matter where in the world you live.