newberry caldecott picture books

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I love the Newberry Caldecott picture books award because it’s awarded to the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, which means a lot.  It means that any picture books I select from this list have been praised for excellence in literature and that I’m reading my daughter books with meaningful content, value, and purpose.

What are some reasons you choose books?

I always look for content that inspires.  I want my kids to walk away from a story feeling inspired to do good.  I also look for appreciation.  I want my kids to feel appreciation for the subject matter they’re reading about.  And of course, I want the stories they read to have purpose.  

I always ask: Why are they reading this book?  What does this story offer that brings value to their lives?

So much of what our kids read today can be meaningless.  Don’t get me wrong: my kids read a good twaddle book just for fun whenever they want.  But when I choose books I like there to be some value in my selection.  I just feel so much better about what I’ve chosen to offer my children.

I was looking over the Newberry Caldecott picture books for 2016, and thought I would share these with you before the year is out.  Maybe stop by the library and pick them up, enjoying them with your kids this season.

Newberry Caldecott Picture Books Awards in 2016

Last Stop on Market Street

Finding Winnie

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Voice of Freedom

Trombone Shorty

The War That Saved My Life

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

Funny Bones

Emmanuel’s Dream


Do any of these Newberry Caldecott books peak your interest?

We have already read a few of these and will plan to go through most of them before the new year rolls in.

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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