The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

2014 Award-Winning Children's Books at the Elm Grove Library

Yesterday was a big day in the book world, as the American Library Association awarded its major prizes for 2014 in children’s and young adult literature. Even better, the Elm Grove Library has all of these new classics available for check out.

The quickest path for a children’s book to be deemed a ‘classic’ is to win a Newbery or Caldecott award. This distinction immediately sets the book apart from its counterparts by being recognized as having made a significant contribution to children’s literature. Past winners of these awards, given annually, include “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (1994 Newbery Award), “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate (2013 Newbery Award), and “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick (2008 Caldecott Award).

Visit the library and discover these new favorites that your children are sure to love, in addition to the countless previous winners of these prestigious prizes. Click on the titles below to link to the CAFÉ catalog and place a hold today. If you have any questions, call the library at (262) 782-6717.

Newbery Medal 2014

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2014 Newbery Award Winner – “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo

Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures

Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love. 

2014 Newbery Honor Book – “Doll Bones” by Holly Black

Doll bones

In this distinctive coming-of-age tale, best friends Zach, Poppy and Alice set out on a life-altering quest driven by the presence of a sinister bone china doll, who haunts their dreams and waking hours. Black explores complex questions of storytelling, imagination and changing friendships in this superbly haunting narrative.

2014 Newbery Honor Book – “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake

One came home : A sister lost. A body found. The truth buried.

In 1871 Wisconsin, love, betrayal, grief and violence spur 13-year-old Georgie on a gripping adventure full of hardship, heartbreak and terror. As she tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, Georgie and her brash, humorous voice pull readers along on her journey of self-discovery.

2014 Newbery Honor Book – “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter


Little Man, a sensitive and resilient 11-year-old boy who stutters, ventures beyond the familiar and finds his voice while taking over his best friend’s paper route. Set in the summer heat of 1959 Memphis, “Paperboy” is a moving coming-of-age novel.

Caldecott Medal 2014

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2014 Caldecott Award Winner – “Locomotive” written and illustrated by Brian Floca


All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.

2014 Caldecott Honor Book – “Journey” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker


Finding a magical red crayon, a bored and lonely girl draws a new door on her bedroom wall that leads her to a wondrous but perilous new world. Her drab, sepia-toned, humdrum reality gives way to sumptuous, lushly-hued watercolor and pen and ink landscapes.

2014 Caldecott Honor Book – “Flora and the Flamingo” written and illustrated by Molly Idle

Flora and the flamingo

The budding relationship between an awkward young girl and a graceful flamingo is revealed through carefully orchestrated flaps. The minimalist setting, limited color palette, use of white space and page turns create a timeless and joyful visual experience.  The call-and-response of this balletic duet is cinematic and comedic.

2014 Caldecott Honor Book – “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles!

Mr. Wuffles finds a new toy that is actually a tiny spaceship in this nearly wordless science fiction tale of epic and miniature proportions. Crisp watercolor and India ink illustrations shine in an innovative graphic novel, picture book hybrid featuring hidden worlds, alien languages and one peeved cat.

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