The One and Only Ivan

A strip mall dwelling gorilla and baby elephant bond over shared loves of art and nature in Katherine Applegate's charming winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…