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August 28, 2014

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The Real Winners!

The Real Winners!

Here we are folks, with a whole row of Heavy Medalers/BOBers. The room is smaller this year, and completely full…with an overflow room set up downstairs. We were here….early. There are many many amazing award winners being announced, and I won’t be able to get them all in, but here are some recognizing books we’ve [...]

Announcements Nigh

Announcements Nigh

Don’t forget that you can watch the announcements live tomorrow morning. I’ll be putting up a very brief post as it goes, and publish right away so we all can start commenting. http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/presskits/youthmediaawards/alayouthmediaawards

Notable Books Discussion

Notable Books Discussion

While the award committees doors are locked, the “media evaluation” committees such as Notables Books, Notable Recordings, YALSA’s BBFA, etc., are open. Here’s the Notable Books committee, discussing in front of an attentive audience, including many editors and publishers who wait patiently to hear the books they worked so hard over publicly praised and pulled [...]

Chilly Philly

Chilly Philly

I’m here in Philadelphia, just diving in to the conference, but the Newbery Committee is well into their first full day of discussion! After a dinner break, they’ll keep on going. And yes, the door is locked.

Other outliers?

At the end of this week the committees will start their discussions.  What haven’t we covered enough yet? I want to highlight one other Best Books Outlier, Tim Tingle’s HOW I BECAME A GHOST: A CHOCTAW TRAILS OF TEARS STORY, which showed up on Kirkus’ Best list, and also got a strong review from Horn Book.  It bears an [...]

Heading for Philadelphia?

Heading for Philadelphia?

Monica Edinger and I are scheming for a Battle of the Kids Books / HeavyMedal happy hour on Saturday the 25th, 5pm, likely at the bar in the Marriott. Join us? If we can get a vague headcount we will try to make arrangements and confirm time/location in the comments here. Update; as you’ll see [...]

Nina’s Outliers

Nina’s Outliers

The days grow short and there are still many contenders out there!  Here’s a mash-up on a couple of worthy titles we haven’t talked about yet. Tanya Lee Stone’s COURAGE HAS NO COLOR is a finalist for the YALSA Nonfiction Award,  is on the discussion list for the ALSC Notable Children’s books, and was on [...]

Oakland Winners

Oakland Winners

And…we have totally different results than Jonathan’s group.  After 3 ballots: Mock Newbery Medal THE THING ABOUT LUCK Mock Newbery Honors We ran out of time to finish this, but were likely headed to a final Honors ballot. Definitely on it would have been CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP, which was tied neck and neck [...]

Into the final weeks!

Into the final weeks!

As Jonathan and I head into our Mock Discussion weekend, you can expect to hear our discussion results soon, and we’ll invite others to post their results and thoughts as well (Sam already shared some here, for instance). The actual award announcements are on Monday January 27, in Philadelphia.  Between our Mock results and the [...]

Boiling it down

Boiling it down

I’m enjoying the back and forth at Jonathan’s TRUE BLUE SCOUTS post and don’t really want to slow it down, but thought to offer this conversation on the side. In the comments, there seem to be two different assessments of Appelt’s writing style/p.o.v. choice going on.  One is: Is it appropriate for readers? The other [...]

Ambassadors

Ambassdors

You’ve probably all caught the news by now, that Kate DiCamillo has been named the next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She is the fourth such Ambassador to be named for a two-year term, following Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and Walter Dean Myers.  I was struck by something she said that was quoted in the New [...]

Re-reading

Re-reading

Hoping you all had some peaceful time off this week.  Did you do any reading? Read something new, or something you read before?  I always have that tug-of-war over the holidays…  I want the excitement of a new read, but I don’t want to risk a bad one.  So I often end up turning to [...]

Meet Jen J of the Spreadsheets

Meet Jen J of the Spreadsheets

Those of you who’ve followed us for a while may anticipate, as I do, commenter Jen J piping in to point us to her spreadsheet where she tracks starred reviews and best books.   Many of us watch this data in some form or another…Jonathan has always been good at summarizing starred reviews in posts. [...]

More things about luck

More things about luck

We’ve all had plenty to say about THE THING ABOUT LUCK from out of the gate this season, from Jonathan’s first post, all the way through the NBA announcements and our nominations.  We’ve talked about the strength of the characters, setting, and prose; how these all support a theme that hangs on a light plot, [...]

It’s an Honor

It’s an Honor

Jonathan goaded me in the last paragraph of his P.S. Be Eleven post:  ”it has the kind of broad support necessary to go far, but I’m not sure that it’s anything more than . . . wait for it, Nina . . . an Honor book.”  He knows I bristle when anyone categorizes a contender [...]

Eruption!

Eruption

Jonathan made a statement by giving this his first October nomination.  When we pick a nonfiction title for our shortlist (cause we always do), it’s easier to tend to the longer, historical narrative nonfiction offerings, which read more like novels and so seem easier to compare with other contenders.  And we had several of that sort [...]

Mock Newbery Discussions

Mock Newbery Discussions

It’s December, and finally feeling like award season!  If you’ve ever read through the Newbery manual, you have an idea of what the actual Newbery committee has in store for themselves the next couple of months. Shortly, they’ll complete their final round of nominations, and will be busy re-reading those several dozen titles in preparation [...]

Discussion Shortlist

Discussion Shortlist

Thanksgiving is nigh, and that means it’s time for me and Jonathan to settle on and announce a shortlist for our live discussion.  The Oakland Mock discussion and voting will be held on Sunday, January 12th, in Oakland CA.  More details to come. Our shortlist is designed to create a good Mock discussion, with a [...]

Locomotive

steam locomotive in center of picture

Brian Floca’s homage to the locomotive follows the same format as his acclaimed MOONSHOT, presenting a fully involving work textually and visually that becomes a challenge to dissect from a Newbery perspective. The large, square picture book format and long-ish length suits the subject: one family’s trip from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento , CA, by [...]

Beginners

Beginners

Back in October, Jonathan posted about The Year of Billy Miller and other beginning chapter books, but we haven’t gone back to look at more of these.   What are the other standouts this year…and here I’m casting a very wide net…among those books for beginning readers, from, say the PENNY AND HER MARBLE crowd [...]