May 23, 2018

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Virginia Duncan On Editing a Newbery Winner

The acclaimed editor talks about working on Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe, her mentors, and more.

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2018 Newbery Award winner: Hello, Universe

2018 Newbery Award Winner: Hello, Universe Written by Erin Entrada Kelly Published by Greenwillow Books, 2017 ISBN #978-0-06-241415-1   Book Review   The start of summer vacation should be the bright spot in 11-year old Virgil Salinas’s year. But shy, insecure, and misunderstood, he only sees it as the official notice of his Grand Failure […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Everything Is Upside-Down: The 2008 Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Travis: Before we even made the first episode of The Yarn podcast, we’ve wanted to do an episode on the 2008 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners, and unforgettable year that challenged assumptions about what kinds of books could win the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. In today’s episode, Brian Selznick and Laura Amy Schlitz […]

Intended by whom?

In the comments to a recent Heavy Medal post, there is a discussion about the eligibility and/or chances of The Hate U Give for Newbery discussion. (In case you’re new here, The Hate U Give is receiving the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction tomorrow night.) It was a Mr. H. who brought up […]

Intended by whom?

In the comments to a recent Heavy Medal post, there is a discussion about the eligibility and/or chances of The Hate U Give for Newbery discussion. (In case you’re new here, The Hate U Give is receiving the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction tomorrow night.) It was a Mr. H. who brought up […]

My Principal Is ‘All Over the AR Points.’ Readers Respond to Leveling.

Our feature story on reading levels, “Thinking Outside the Bin,” quickly proved to be among our most popular stories so far this year. As expected, there was plenty of feedback from readers

Scenes from the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

Photos from an exhilarating weekend at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

“March: Book Three” Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

John Lewis’s “March: Book Three” took four Youth Media Awards, including the Printz, while Javaka Steptoe’s “Radiant Child” won the Caldecott, and Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” took the Newbery.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Listen to 2017 Caldecott and Newbery Winners on The Yarn!

As luck would have it, we’ve recorded episodes with the 2017 Caldecott AND Newbery Medal winners. First up, author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe who takes us behind the scenes of his 2017 Caldecott Medal-winning book Radiant Child. Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We interviewed Kelly about her previous […]

Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

A full list of the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t. | Up for Debate

The Nobel Prize raises the veil of confidentiality after 50 years. Congress has unsealed the Warren Commission documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Do the Newbery/Caldecott records hide some sort of national security risk that’s not obvious to us?

Let Book Awards Committee Members Blab | Up for Debate

I would dearly love to talk about my experiences on children’s book awards committees. Ending the confidentiality requirement would also allow members to discuss those books and illustrators who truly did fabulous work but weren’t winners or honorees.

Why You Don’t Want To Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott | Up for Debate

To a writer or artist like myself, hearing about committee proceedings would only create feelings of self-doubt and raise ‘what if?’ questions. It wouldn’t make non-winners think about what they did ‘right.’ Rather, they would ask what they did ‘wrong.’

Sharing the Newbery Love | Book Trailer Spotlight

These videos, featuring Newbery-winner Matt de la Pena and Newbery honor authors Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Victoria Jamieson, are perfect for sharing in classrooms and libraries.

SLJ Reviews of 2016 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

The winners are in, and once again, SLJ predicted many of the top Youth Media Award winners and honor books. Check out the reviews of all the winning and honor books.

De la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” Takes 2016 Newbery; Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” Wins Caldecott

There were cheers, tears, and mouths agape at ALA Midwinter, as Matt de la Peña’s “Last Stop on Market Street” and Sophie Blackall’s “Finding Winnie” took the top spots in the YMA lineup. Laura Ruby’s “Bone Gap” won the Printz.

Winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards

A full list of the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

The Newbery Title Frankenstein

There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same. It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning […]