The winners of the 2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards for Picture Books and Older Readers were none other than my two favorite books in those categories last year. I love it when that happens!
Picture Book: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Candlewick, 2008). I bought this book the moment I saw it (which is saying a lot given my limited book budget), and we've read it aloud many times since. Perfect pacing, charming and expressive illustrations, a lovely last line.
For Older Readers: Masterpiece by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Henry Holt, 2008). I'm thrilled that this middle grade novel about frienship, values, and art will have a shiny gold sticker of on it (even if it's not the Newbery). Our next family read aloud. And maybe yours, too!