(I do generally love a lot of the ALA notables, which include books from every genre—I'll post a link as soon as the 2013 notables are released. They are always worth looking at.)
Here are the Caldecott winners (I'll comment on the Newbery winners later)
“This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.
This book is hysterical and awesome. I'm so glad it won. Definitely worth checking out at the library, even for your older kids. If they have to cut words from picture books, this is the way to do it.
Here are the Caldecott Honors:
“Creepy Carrots!” illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
I've posted about this book before. It's a good-un.
“Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
I like this book. I do. But it's a little strange, and my kids did not love it. But it's worth checking out.
“Green,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Here is a link to the Amazon page and the book trailer. You can see the entire book on the trailer. This is a great book for getting kids to think about color, to think outside the box. This is a book about perspective.
A fun project with your kids—sort of a writing/art project—would be to do the same thing with another color. Or maybe a number. Or a season. Green means many different things to many different people. Imagine what you or your child could do with rice. Bread. A daisy.
“One Cool Friend,” illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo.
Love this book. Unlike Extra Yarn, this was a very rereadable book for me.
“Sleep Like a Tiger,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue.
This was the only book I hadn't read before. I'll check it out this week! If you've read it, tell us what you think of it.