Last Stop on Market Street
Matt De La Peña
This week I’ve been continuing to work on my Newbery project, tracking down all the books and reading when I can. I’ve been lucky enough to find more and more used titles each trip to the used bookstore, and yesterday I discovered something!
I thought I knew a few things about the Newbery Awards; they have been given out every year since 1922, awarded to the most distinguished book published that year, voted by a committee… and all have been chapter books with a few exceptions of some poetry selections. No surprises there…
I’ve went to Barnes & Noble on two occasions for The Last Stop on Market Street(winner 2016) and they’ve been out both times. 🤨So I went to the library and looked it up. I was a bit dumbfounded to find a picture book! Not only did it win the Newbery but it also won the Caldecott Award! This is the only title that has won both the Newbery and Caldecott(that I know of).
Caldecott awards were created in 1938 by the American Library Association for the artist of the most distinguished picture book that year. The artist in The Last Stop on Market Street is Christian Robinson.
I was really excited to read this story! I sat down right there in the library and read it cover to cover! 🤪 I loved it!
It was highly rated in 2015 and 2016, making it on several Best of lists, so many I don’t want to list them all. Maybe I am the last one to read this book!
If you have not picked this one up, it is a great addition to anyone’s children’s library. The story is full of culture, diversity and opens up a number to topics of discussion for young ones.
Th Last Stop on Market Street tells the story of a boy and his nana traveling by city bus. They wait in the rain, encounter friendly people on the bus, all while making their way to a supper kitchen where they volunteer at a shelter.
The boy’s nana gives him a beautiful perspective on the world and all the people we meet along the way to where we’re going.
Do you have this title in your children’s library? Have you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’d recommend this book for a kindergartener or 1st grader. I read it to my preschool today and the younger children lost interest.
Thanks for reading my review! Happy reading!
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