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Friday, January 26, 2007

Lit for Kids

This week the American Library Association announced its annual Caldecott and Newbery Medals for the best in children’s picture books and literature. The 2007 Caldecott winner is Flotsam by David Wiesner, in which a young beachcomber finds a vintage underwater camera and quickly develops the fantastical photos he finds. According to Booklist, Wiesner, who has won several Caldecotts, “offers another exceptional, wordless picture book that finds wild magic in quiet, everyday settings.”

The 2007 Newbery winner is The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. In the California desert community of Hard Pan, 10-year-old Lucky eavesdrops on 12-step program meetings from her hiding place behind Hard Pan’s Found Object Wind Chime Museum & Visitor Center.

“‘Lucky’ is a perfectly nuanced blend of adventure, survival (emotional and physical) and hilarious character study . . . as well as a blueprint for a self-examined life,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Jeri Kladder. “Through Lucky’s experiences, we are reminded that children support one another just as needy adults do.”

Check the Fairfax County Public Library’s Web site for a list of past Caldecott and Newbery winners.

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