Best Children’s Books: Winners the 2015 Caldecott, Newbery & more

Here’s what our kids should be reading – the children’s books that won this year’s Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal and more!

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
Beekle is tired of waiting to be imagined, so he sets out on a journey to find the perfect friend.

John Newbery Medal
Coretta Scott King Author Honor

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander
This fast-and-furious middle grade novel in verse explores the bonds of teammates, family, and brotherhood.

Randolph Caldecott Honor

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett, illus. by John Klassen
Up? Down? Right? Left? These confused characters don’t know which way to turn—but crosscut illustrations show readers the way.

Randolph Caldecott Honor
Pura Belpré Award for Illustration

Viva Frida
by Yuyi Morales
She was fearless, exciting, and super-creative! Learn more about the life—and remarkable art—of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with this bilingual tribute.

Randolph Caldecott Honor
Michael L. Printz Honor

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki
This teen graphic novel is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood—a story of renewal and revelation.

John Newbery Honor

El Deafo
by Cece Bell
Going to school and making new friends can be tough, but doing it with a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest requires superpowers!

John Newbery Honor
Coretta Scott King Author Award
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
This poetic autobiography tells the moving story of the author’s experiences as an African American girl growing up in the 1960s and ’70s.

Michael L. Printz Award
Stonewall Book Honor
I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

Michael L. Printz Honor
Grasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
When I Was the Greatest
by Jason Reynolds

Caldecott Honor
The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant
Nana in the City
by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
by Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Mary GrandPré

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
You Are (Not) Small
by Anna Kang, illus. by Christopher Weyant
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor

Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor
Elephant & Piggie: Waiting Is Not Easy!
by Mo Willems

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor
The Family Romanov
by Candace Fleming

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Winner
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
by Maya Van Wagenen

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalists
The Family Romanov
by Candace Fleming

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
by Steve Sheinkin

Schneider Family Book Award
Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin

Odyssey Award for best audiobook for children & young adults

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination
by Christopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham

Honor audiobooks:

Five, Six, Seven, Nate
narrated and written by Tim Federle

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
by Julie Berry, narrated by Jayne Entwistle

A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd, narrated by Cassandra Morris

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