Today the Newbery and Caldecott Awards for 2019 were awarded by The Association for Library Service to Children today with the Newbery going to Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina and the Caldecott going to Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
My expectations for the Newbery winning book is that it should be amazing, life-changing, and so well-written you can’t put it down…Something like one of these books, Front Desk, or The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. (Or even one of the Newbery Honor winners.) But this year’s winning book missed the mark for me just like last year’s.
What do you think about the winning books? Please comment below!
2019 Newbery Award Winner and Honor Books
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina is the Newbery winner.
I have abandoned this book twice. I’ll give it a third go… and I will actually finish it this week because it won the Newbery award. However, neither the writing nor the story drew me in. It is a decent story. Just not particularly original or compelling.
Essentially, it’s a slice-of-life story about 6th-grader Merci who is attending a private school on a scholarship. That isn’t going well especially when a mean girl sets her sights on Merci. And Merci’s grandfather is declining with age which weighs heavily on her mind.
Two other books were named Newbery Honor Books:
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2019 Caldecott Winner and Honor Books
What can I say? Art is subjective. These are gorgeous books, I do adore Thank You, Omu!. But I was hoping to see Dan Santat on this list for his work on Drawn Together or Yuyi Morales for Dreamers. However, these are all lovely books.
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall is the Caldecott winner.
Four books were named Caldecott Honor Books.
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
The Rough Patch by Brian Lies
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
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