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Madison Author Receives National Award — Again!


Famed children’s author and Madison native Kevin Henkes has done it again. His picture book, Waiting, has been selected by the American Library Association as a Caldecott Honor Book.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is no stranger to the ALA or Caldecott. In 2005, his Kitten’s First Full Moon won the most coveted Caledcott Medal. His book Owen has also received a Caldecott honor. In addition, his books have also received Newbery and Theodore Geisel honors.

According to a report in the Wisconsin State JournalHenkes made headlines by being  “the only author/illustrator to have won across the categories of Caldecott honors and Caldecott Medal, awarded annually for most distinguished picture book for children; Geisel honors, for distinguished beginning reader books; and Newbery honors, for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.”

Henkes, whose books Lilly’s Purple Purse and Chrysanthemum have become beloved children’s classics, has a new book, When Spring Comes, due out next month and another one titled Eggs to be published next year.

Congratulations to Wisconsin’s native star children’s author!

CWW Awards contest are open for entries until February 1, 2016. Nineteen days, including today, to get those entries in!



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“Water” Makes Speculation List

School Library Journal, which has already given Green Bay children’s author Miranda Paul’s Water is Water a starred review, has a blogger including it on a list of ten children’s books she predicts is likely to win the 2016 Caldecott Medal. Granted, the Caldecott is awarded for book illustration, not the text, but the author creates the text from which an illustrator works to create illustrations. So fingers crossed for Miranda and Water is Water illustrator Jason Chin. Here’s a cover of the book and the SLJ blogger’s comments:

Water Is Water by Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Jason Chin


One might rightly ask, why this Chin of all Chins?  After all, it’s not as though Jason hasn’t been making similarly stunning books for years.  The fact that he’s never gotten award love (at least in the Caldecott area of things) is a problem.  I find that sometimes award committees have difficulty rewarding realism that isn’t surrealism (Wiesner wins awards but James Ransome, for example, does not).  Here, Chin brings to life this infinitely simple, but incredibly clever, explanation for very young children of the water cycle in its different forms.  And he does so with his customary beauty and skill.  It’s worth considering at the very least.

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Wisconsinite wins Geisel Award, Newbery Honor

Books by Racine native and Madison resident Kevin Henkes received a Newbery Honors award and the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for 2014, the American Library Association announced yesterday.

Henkes’s The Year of Billy Miller was one of four works that were runners-up to the Newbery Medal winner.  Hankes, the author of more than 30 books, won the Caldecott Medal (for illustration) in 2005 for his picture book Kitten’s First Full Moon. He won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Major Achievement Award in 2009, and CWW’s Children’s Picture Book Award in 1991 (for Crysanthemum) and in 1986 (for Grandpa and Bo), and CWW’s Juvenile Book award in 1988 (for The Zeba Wall).

Congratulations and best wishes to this supremely talented and prolific Wisconsin writer and illustrator!

Former Wisconsinite who now lives in Chicago, Amy Timberlake, also received a Newbery Honor with her book, One Came Home.

Deadline is SUNDAY, Jan. 31, for CWW contests for children’s books and other categories described at http://www.wiswriters.com/rules.htm.

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