Friday, January 18, 2008


The American Library Association announced their picks for best books for children and young adults this week. View the list here.

A unique book was awarded the Caldecott Medal (best picture book) this year. The winner is the novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Yes, a 500+page novel won the picture book award.

So is it really a picture book? A writer friend of mine tried to listen to the audiobook, but could not follow the story until she read the actual book with illustrations. The illustrations are an integral part of this story. So Hugo Cabret has the unusual distinction of being part novel, part picture book.

I am not a picture book writer and I’m definitely no illustrator. It is rare that I can say that I own the Caldecott winning book. Until now. My son and I are currently reading Hugo Cabret together. It is a wonderful book. Librarians agree. To hear their response to the announcement at the ALA earlier this week, click here.


Shauna Roberts said...

I have five nieces and two nephews, and like you, I've rarely (perhaps even never) bought them Caldecott award winners.

What age of child would find The Invention of Hugo Cabret appealing? Is it suitable for a child of a religious family? I'm always on the lookout for books for the kids.

Rae Ann Parker said...

The reading level for Hugo Cabret is listed as ages 9-12. I believe older children would enjoy it also and any younger children who are already reading chapter books and like mysteries. I think it would be suitable for any family who enjoys reading. And the cover and illustrations are beautiful. I like to leave it on our coffee table because it just looks nice!

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks for the info, Rae Ann. I've got two nephews in that age range, and their sisters are thirteen, so that might be good for one of them.