Awards were given in three categories: nonfiction, picture book, and fiction and poetry. For each category, there was a winner and two honor books. Here they are!
NONFICTION AWARD WINNER
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
FICTION AND POETRY WINNER
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
PICTURE BOOK WINNER
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
NONFICTION HONOR BOOKS
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steven Sheinkin
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet
FICTION AND POETRY HONOR BOOKS
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
The Best Man by Richard Peck
PICTURE BOOK HONOR BOOKS
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (9780316341578, Amazon)
Pinkney continues his foray into classic folktales with this new book. With its focus on fooling a bully, this is a timely tale to tackle. Pinkney uses great skill to whittle the text down to exactly what is needed to carry the story forward. The book is not a reinvention of the original tale, but instead a focused version of the original that will have children cheering the brave goats. Pinkney does add a nice touch to the end with the troll getting harried himself and then rejected in a clever mirror of what he did to the goats.
The illustrations from this Caldecott winning artist are exceptional as always. Pinkney uses pencil and watercolor to create his rich illustrations that have small details, large landscapes and animals. The goats are winsome and courageous while the troll is a vile green with long toenails, tusk-like teeth, and rotting fish and fish skeletons around him.
Another must-have for every library by a master author/illustrator. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.