2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner Announced!

Front CoverCaldecott Medal Winner:

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe.

“A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.”  –Publisher’s Description

HRL’s copy is currently on order, and will appear in our catalog shortly.  Until then, feast your eyes on Steptoe’s many other works, including poetry collections, biographies, and picture books.  You can find her works in HRL’s collection here:  Javaka Steptoe

Caldecott Honor Books

Du iz tak? by Carson Ellis – JE Ellis

  • As a tiny shoot unfolds, a myriad of insects peer at it and wonder what it could be.




 Leave Me Alone!  illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol – on order at HRL.

Publisher’s Weekly calls this graphic novel a “fizzy collision of old-fashioned fairy tale elements with space-age physics.”

Check out Vera Brosgol’s other works here: Vera Brosgol



Front CoverFreedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

This story chronicles slaves’ duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.


Front CoverThey All Saw a Cat  illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel 

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

For past Caldecott Medal Winners, see our post 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books and our booklist: Caldecott Award Winners 2015


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