Hudson Library Mock Newbery: 100 Years of The John Newbery Medal

In 1922, the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the American Library Association created an award named for an eighteenth-century English bookseller, with the purpose of encouraging original creative work in books for children. It was the first, and is still the foremost, award of its kind.

Now overseen by ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Newbery Award and Newbery Honor seals are sure signs of excellence in writing by an American author. From the first – The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon – to the most recent – When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller – the Newbery awards represent both the hard work and passion of the committee members who read hundreds of books to whittle the field down to a handful, and the distinctive connection between an author and their readers as they explore worlds both real and imagined, together.

On January 24, 2022, the current Newbery committee will announce their choices for the Newbery Medal and Honor books of 2021. Join us for the next few weeks as we discuss some of our favorite books of 2021, maybe throw in your own comments and suggestions, and then we can meet virtually for one last celebration of the year’s best books – let’s see if we can predict what the next Newbery winner will be!

Possible Newbery Contenders:

From November 22 to January 17, we will publish a new blog post every Monday that will talk about a book that the Hudson children’s librarians think has a chance at winning. Titles include:

Nov 22 – Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

Nov 29 – The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

Dec 6 – The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Dec 13 – Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt

Dec 20 – Kaleidoscope by David Selznick

Dec 27 – Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Jan 3 – The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

Jan 10 – Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Jan 17 – Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Newbery Bingo Challenge:

Help us celebrate 100 years of Newbery Medal winners by competing in our bingo challenge! Download and print off your bingo board and try to read as many of these Newbery Award winning books as you can before January 24, 2022. You can download a copy of our Newbery Bingo Board here:

More Important Dates:

January 21: Hudson Library’s Mock Newbery virtual discussion. Details forthcoming.

January 24: ALA announces the winner of the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Martin Luther King, Pura Belpre, and many more annual awards for children’s books.

February – December 2022: Watch for special events, challenges, and opportunities to celebrate the Newbery with your Hudson Library Youth Services librarians!

Our Brand-New Storywalk!

You are invited to visit the Hudson Library’s brand-new permanent outdoor storywalk! We are so excited to offer this service, featuring a new children’s book to read and discover each month. Our very first storybook selection is on display now. The storywalk is located on the library’s back lawn, along the accessible walking path between Clinton Street and Village Way. Enjoy!

Our first book is Beatrice Was a Tree by Joyce Hesselberth. We hope you have a fun time reading it on the storywalk! If you would like to check out a copy, you can find it in our catalog here. Happy reading!

A Few Favorite Fall Picture Books

Here we are in Fall again! The season is a winner each year, with its colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, chilly evenings, and great seasonal picture books! All of the things that make the autumn season special are celebrated in a variety of picture books that you can share with your child.

Below is a list of some of our favorites, ideal for preschool through grades 2 or 3. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Stop in the Children’s Room or call for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Spring Storytime Session

Our daily storytimes are on a brief spring break for the next two weeks. The Spring session of storytimes begins on Monday April 5 at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for five weeks.

Families are invited to pick a day they would like to attend — Monday through Thursday — and register once for the Spring session. Registration can be found here.

All daily storytimes are live and interactive on Zoom with your favorite Hudson Library children’s librarians. They are geared toward ages 2-5, but all children are welcome!

Read Across America Day!

Today — Tuesday, March 2 — is the annual Read Across America Day! This year’s program focuses on celebrating a nation of diverse readers and diverse books. Are you ready to read?

We have lots of new children’s titles, old favorites, and interesting books just waiting to be chosen. You can pick up materials inside the library, at the window, or on the curbside table.

Come in and find some new selections, or call us at 330.653.6658, and we will help you choose.

You can find more information about Read Across America at NEA’s Read Across America site.

Happy reading!

2021 ALA Youth Media Awards!

This week the American Library Association (ALA) revealed its much-anticipated 2021 Youth Media Award Winners! Each year, the ALA selects a winner for each of its many categories, as well as honorable mentions.

From the ALA blog: “Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work.”

Here is the complete list of all 2021 winners and honor books, with links directly to each item in our online catalog. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

2021 John Newbery Medal winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Five Newbery Honor Books:


The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2021 Randolph Caldecott Medal winner:

We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom

Four Caldecott Honor Books:


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winner:

Before the Ever After, written by Jacqueline Woodson

Three King Author Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Three King Illustrator Honor Books:

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Legendborn, written by Tracy Deonn


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Michael L. Printz Award winner:

Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story), by Daniel Nayeri

Four Printz Honor Books:


The Schneider Family Book Awards are given for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Schneider Family Book Award winner for young children (ages 0-10):

I Talk Like a River, written by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Two Honor Books for young children:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for middle grades (ages 11–13):

Show Me a Sign, written by Ann Clare LeZotte

Two Honor Books for middle grades:

Schneider Family Book Award winner for teens (ages 13–18):

This Is My Brain in Love, written by I. W. Gregorio

(No honor book for teens.)


The Alex Awards are given for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Here are this year’s ten winners:


The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner:

Telephone Tales, written by Gianni Rodari, illustrated by Valerio Vidali, translated by Antony Shugaar; originally published in Italian as Favole al telefono

One Honor Book:

  • Catherine’s War, written by Julia Billet, illustrated by Claire Fauvel, and translated from French by Ivanka Hahnenberger

The Odyssey Award is given for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Odyssey Award winner:

Kent State, produced by Paul R. Gagne, written by Deborah Wiles, and narrated by Christopher Gebauer, Lauren Ezzo, Christina DeLaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, and David de Vries

Four Odyssey Honor Audiobooks:

  • Clap When You Land, produced by Caitlin Garing, written by Elizabeth Acevedo, and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte
  • Fighting Words, produced by Karen Dziekonski, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, produced by Robert Van Kolken, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, and narrated by Jason Reynolds with an introduction by Ibram X. Kendi
  • When Stars Are Scattered, produced by Kelly Gildea and Julie Wilson, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, and narrated by Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, and a full cast. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

The Pura Belpré Awards honor a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner:

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat, illustrated and written by Raúl Gonzalez

One Belpré Illustrator Honor Book:

Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner:

Efrén Divided, written by Ernesto Cisneros

Two Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books:

Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Award winner:

Furia, written by Yamile Saied Méndez

Two Belpré Young Adult Author Honor Books:


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is given for the most distinguished informational book for children.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award winner:

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Three Sibert Honor Books:


The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.

Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award winner:

One honor title:


The Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is presented annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

Stonewall Book Award—Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award winner:

We Are Little Feminists: Families, written by Archaa Shrivastav, designed by Lindsey Blakely. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)

Four Honor Books:


The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is presented for the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner:

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Four Geisel Honor Books:


The William C. Morris Award is presented to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

William C. Morris Award winner:

If These Wings Could Fly, written by Kyrie McCauley

Four other books were finalists:


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, written by Candace Fleming

Four other books were finalists:


The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is given based on literary and artistic merit in three youth categories.

Picture Book winner:

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, written by Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

Picture Book Honor Book:

Danbi Leads the School Parade, written and illustrated by Anna Kim

Children’s Literature winner:

When You Trap a Tiger, written by Tae Keller

Children’s Literature Honor Book:

Prairie Lotus, written by Linda Sue Park

Youth Literature winner:

This Light Between Us, written by Andrew Fukuda

Youth Literature Honor Book:

Displacement, written by Kiku Hughes


The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

Sydney Taylor Book Award Gold Medalists:

Picture Book category:

Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail, by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

Middle Grades category:

Turtle Boy, by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Young Adult category:

Dancing at the Pity Party, written and illustrated by Tyler Feder

Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalists:

Picture Book category:

  • I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book, by Mychal Copeland, illustrated by André Ceolin. (Item not yet owned in Clevnet … please check back later.)
  • Miriam at the River, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Khoa Le

Middle Grades category:

Young Adult category:


Lifetime Achievement Awards:

The Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Dorothy L. Guthrie is the 2021 winner. She is an award-winning retired librarian, district administrator, author, and school board member.

The Children’s Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children’s lives and experiences. The 2021 winner is Mildred D. Taylor. See here for books by Mildred D. Taylor in our catalog.

The Margaret A. Edwards Award is presented for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. The 2021 winner is Kekla Magoon. See here for books by Kekla Magoon in our catalog.

For more information on the ALA Youth Media Awards and notables, please visit their page at www.ala.org/yma.

For more information about checking out these books, or any other children’s or teen materials, contact our Children’s Desk at 330-653-6658, ext 1020.

Online Storybook Bundles: Lions

Here is another virtual storybook bundle that we have created for you to enjoy at home: it’s all about lions! Below you will find a list of free online stories, plus a craft that you can do at home with basic supplies that you may already have. 

Here are links to some fun books and videos that you can download right now from Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are free with your library card and are available to you 24/7. See here for more information.

Books and videos about lions:

  • Lion by Marylou Morano Kjelle (ebook)
  • Lions / Leones by Barry Cole (bilingual ebook)
  • The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio (video)
  • The Lion and the Mouse, adapted from Aesop (video)
  • African Lions by Kaitlyn Duling (ebook)
  • Andy and the Lion by James Daughtery (video)
  • The Lion King (read-along ebook)
  • The Lion King: Hakuna Matata (read-along ebook)
  • The Lion King: Song and Story (music)
  • The Lion Guard: The Power of the Roar (read-along ebook, with links to other Lion Guard titles)

After reading or watching any or all of these stories, you can enjoy doing the related craft below together with your little ones.

Fork Lion Craft (craft source)

Supplies needed:

  • Orange paint
  • Yellow paper
  • Small piece of white paper
  • Marker (black or brown)
  • Glue
  • Plastic fork
  • Something circular to trace, such as a can, a drinking glass, or a roll of tape

Directions:

  • With the marker, trace the circle in the middle of the yellow paper. This is the lion’s face.
  • Dip the fork tines in the orange paint, and press the back of them onto the paper, sticking out from the circle. Continue around the circle, until you have made a full mane.
  • Cut out white paper circles for eyes, and glue to the face.
  • Draw in the face with the marker.
  • Have your child practice writing their name on their piece of work!
  • ROAR! You are done. We hope you had fun!

Let us know what you think of this online storybook bundle. We would love to see your finished craft projects, too!

Inauguration & Government Resources for Kids

Inauguration Day has arrived! In celebration, we have created a list of a dozen kid-friendly, fun, and educational resources all about the presidency and the United States government. You will find resources for children of all ages, from pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.

Here is a link to check out some of our library’s children’s books and materials about the US presidency and presidents.

Here is a link to check out some of our library’s children’s books and materials about the US government.

Here are a dozen related websites:

If you would like help finding further information or books about Inauguration Day, the United States government, or any topic for kids and teens, please call our Children’s Library at 330.653.6658, ext 1020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Books About Peace, Kindness, & Empathy

Our children’s librarians thought that compiling a list of picture books about peace, kindness, empathy, and friendship would be very timely. Many children’s books deal with these topics, introducing young readers and listeners to age-appropriate situations that call for compassion, understanding, acceptance, and personal growth. Here are a few of our favorites.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart, illus by Daniel Wiseman

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, illus by Kristina Swarner

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illus by Kirstie Edmunds

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Most People by Michael Leannah, illus by J.E. Morris

Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illus by Stephanie Graegin

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illus by Patrice Barton

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illus by Taeeun Yoo

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus by Jen Hill

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illus by Suzanne Kaufman

The Starkeeper by Faith Pray

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus by Erin E. Stead

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus by E. B. Lewis

If you would like help finding further information or books about peace, kindness, friendship, or any topic for kids and teens, please call our Children’s Library at 330.653.6658, ext 1020. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Virtual Bill Nye Program This Week!

On Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 7 pm, the Hudson Library will host a live virtual streaming event for all ages with every kid’s favorite science educator, Bill Nye!

Nye will discuss his latest book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science: an everything-you-need-to-know-about-science book that features a full range of subjects, from chemistry to astronomy to global warming, and includes experiments to do at home.

Award-winning New York Times science columnist and writer Carl Zimmer will moderate the discussion.

Please note that this is a one-time exclusive event that will not be recorded and will not be on Facebook.

Registration is required in order to get the Zoom link. Please see here for more information, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Here are a few helpful, related links:

For more information about Bill Nye, check out his website here.

For Bill Nye’s new book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science, see our catalog here.

For Bill Nye books and materials, see our catalog here.

For Carl Zimmer books and materials, see our catalog here.