E.B White Read Aloud Awards

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 BookA 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 ReadersMasterpiece 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!