January 14, 2010
As we have been going about our daily lives this week, important negotiations have been going on behind closed doors in Boston. That is the site of this year's American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
People everywhere have been buzzing about the decisions that will soon be announced: what were the best books published for our children in 2009? Everyone has their favorites, and they have been blogging and Tweeting about them for the past month or more. Children, teachers, librarians and other book lovers have been holding "Mock" elections to make their choices. But what will the results of the real elections be?
These decisions will be kept completely secret until Monday morning, January 18, at 7:45 am (Eastern Time). At that time, the winners of all 17 categories of Youth Media Awards will be announced, including the "Big Three" in Children's Literature:
- The John Newbery Medal, "the most distinguished American children's book";
- The Radolph Caldecott Medal, given to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children;"
- The Michael L Printz Award, given to "a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
So--who do you think will win this year? Post your "votes" here!
As for me: My pick for the Newbery is: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. If I'm allowed a second choice, it would be All the Broken Pieces, by Ann E. Burg. My pick for the Caldecott is Duck, Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal--but that's really going out on the limb, because there hasn't been any "buzz" about that one. My second pick for Caldecott: Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald--another limb-sitter, but that's ok. Everyone can have their favorites, too.