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Night Before Newbery January 27, 2013

Posted by ccbooks in Nerd Line.

I’m poking my head in here to give final thoughts on the ALA Youth Media Awards before the winners are announced tomorrow. The following are my favorites for each major medal, based purely on heart and not head.

Newbery Medal: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.

This is probably the book I’ve re-read the most this year. I am definitely biased–being a puppeteer, I am the perfect audience for this book.

Caldecott Medal: Bear Has a Story to Tell illust. by Erin Stead, Chloe and the Lion illust. by Adam Rex.

What can I say? I’m a storyteller. These two books have very different styles of illustrations but I love how they both reflect the joys and pains of storytelling.

Printz Award: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

In terms of theme, plot and character, no other book this year made me think as much as this spy story.

I also want to say thank you to the three major award blogs that I have been following since the fall–Heavy Medal and Someday My Printz at School Library Journal, as well as Calling Caldecott at The Horn Book. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the online community that discusses and debates children’s literature each year and I hope that someday I’ll be able to go to an ALA Midwinter and meet more of you in person!



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