Labor Day has come and gone, and this week marks the start of a new school year and the return of millions of students. Here at School Library Journal, we’re also celebrating two triumphant returns this week: those of our popular blogs Heavy Medal and Someday My Printz Will Come.
In Heavy Medal, which is active from September to January, librarians Jonathan Hunt and Nina Lindsay discuss all things Newbery Award, including its history and purpose—it’s given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children—terms and criteria, possible contenders, and results of Mock Newbery discussions in classrooms and libraries around the country.
Hunt is a school librarian at Modesto City Schools, who served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Lindsay is the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees.
In Someday My Printz Will Come, librarians Karyn Silverman and Sarah Couri, along with Joy Piedmont and other contributors, enjoy speculating wildly books they think are likely to be under consideration for the YALSA‘s Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, which is given annually to the best book written for teens based entirely on literary merit; the Printz Committee also can name up to four honor books. Which book will win the gold in 2014? Will there be honor books?
Silverman is the high school librarian and Educational Technology department chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School. She has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. Couri is a librarian at Grace Church School’s high school division, and has served on a number of YALSA committees, including Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, and the 2011 Printz Committee. Piedmont is a librarian and technology integrator at LREI. Prior to becoming a librarian, Joy reviewed and reported for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch. Currently, she reviews for SLJ and serves as treasurer for the Hudson Valley Library Association.