And the REAL Winners Are:

January 19, 2010

The big children’s book awards were announced yesterday.  I spent this morning checking FVRL’s holdings and ordering additional copies of some of the titles.  I think there were only two juvenile titles that we didn’t already own, and they were not for the more popular awards, and they are now on order.  They may not show up in the catalog until this afternoon, after ACQ gets them ordered and in the catalog.

While I was underwhelmed by When You Reach Me, it was a crowd favorite and it’s liked by kids, so I’m not displeased that it won.  I would have like to see Grace Lin get it for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but I’m glad she got an honor.  I was also happy to see Homer P Figg get some love, I really enjoyed that humorous historical fiction novelas well as Calpurnia Tate. I haven’t cracked Claudette yet, but it was also a well-loved Newbery contender. Likewise, Pinkney’s Caldecott winner is not a surprise and I was happy to see Red Sings From Treetops get an honor.  (The poetry is also beautiful in that.  I see some of our branches have labeled it as a concept book, which I don’t really think it is.) Graphic novel readers published by Toon Books won a Geisel honor as well as the Geisel medal, which made me happy that we have these in the readers section and not the jgn section.  I’m surprised but happy to see Almost Astronauts get the Sibert, which means four of the eight titles we read for the Mock Newbery ended up getting some sort of recognition from the ALA Media Awards.  I was also happy to see Charles and Emma received two YALSA awards, it’s one of the only YA books I read this year, and I really enjoyed it.

I’m going to paste the list of winners here as posted on SLJ’s Heavy Medal Blog:

Newbery

WHEN YOU REACH ME

Honors:

CLAUDETTE COLVIN
THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON
THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG

Caldecott

THE LION & THE MOUSE
Honors:

ALL THE WORLD
RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS

Geisel

BENNY AND PENNY IN THE BIG NO-NO
Honors
I SPY FLY GUY
LITTLE MOUSE GETS READY
MOUSE AND MOLE: FINE FEATHERED FRIEND
PEARL AND WAGNER

Carnegie

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS

Sibert

ALMOST ASTRONAUTS
Honors:

THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS
MOONSHOT
CLAUDETTE COLVIN

Arbuthnot

LOIS LOWRY

Batchelder

A FARAWAY ISLAND
Honors:

BIG WOLF AND LITTLE WOLF
EIDI
MORIBITO II

Pura Belpre

RETURN TO SENDER (author)
Honors:

DIEGO
FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA

BOOK FIESTA (illustrator)
Honors:
DIEGO
MY ABUELITA
GRACIAS THANKS

Odyssey

LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN

IN THE BELLY OF THE BLOODHOUND
PEACE, LOCOMOTION
WE ARE THE SHIP

Printz

GOING BOVINE
Honors:

CHARLES AND EMMA
THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST
PUNKZILLA
TALES FROM THE MADMAN UNDERGROUND

YALSA Nonfiction

CHARLES AND EMMA

Morris

FLASH BURNOUT

Edwards

JIM MURPHY

Coretta Scott King

WALTER DEAN MYERS (lifetime achievement)
THE ROCK AND THE RIVER (new talent)

MY PEOPLE (illustrator)

THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS

BAD NEWS FOR OUTLAWS (author)

MARE’S WAR

Schneider

DJANGO (picture book)
ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL (middle grade)
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD (teen)

Alex

TUNNELING TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
STITCHES
SOULLESS
MY ABANDONMENT
THE MAGICIANS
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
THE GOOD SOLDIERS
EVERYTHING MATTERS!
THE BRIDE’S FAREWELL
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

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