I've been obsessively checking the American Booksellers Association's website to find out the 2014 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners. My neighbors probably heard me clapping last night when I checked the website and read the following announcement. (I may have shed three or four tears, too.)
The winners of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, reflecting the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal embodied by E.B. White's collection of beloved books, are:
E.B. White Read Aloud Award--Middle Reader
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated K.G. Campbell (Candlewick Press)
E.B. White Read Aloud Award--Picture Book
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
Congratulations to Kate, K.G., Drew, and Oliver! I've read Flora and Ulysses to 5 classes and The Day the Crayons Quit to 11 classes. Both books flow off the tongue and keep kids listening, laughing, and thinking. Thank you!