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2016 Caldecott Medal Awarded to Finding Winnie


The prestigious Caldecott Medal, awarded annually to an American artist of a children’s book, has been given to illustrator Sophie Blackall for her contributions to Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, written by Lindsay Mattick.

The Caldecott Medal was first awarded in 1937 and is named in honor of the nineteenth century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott. Each year, the Caldecott Medal is given in conjunction with the Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to American literature for children. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña is this year’s recipient of the Newbery Medal.

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2016 Caldecott Medal winner for best illustrator – Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mallick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

 

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2016 Newbery Medal awarded to author Matt de la Peña for his book Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

 

The synopsis for the book states that “Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl! In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.”

Anyone with small children will undoubtedly be familiar with Sophie Blackall, the illustrator of Ivy and Bean. Any parent with young girls in the house will be quite familiar with Blackall’s work. For Finding Winnie, Blackall uses Chinese ink and watercolor art and beautifully captures the story of friendship between a boy and a bear named Winnie.

Previous Caldecott Medal winners include:

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2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

 

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2014: Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brain Floca

 

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2013: This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

 

2012: A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

2012: A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

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