Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Salon - Are You My Newbery - Final Update 2

This is it! The Newbery award winner and honor books will be officially announced tomorrow, January 18. The winner has already been chosen by the committee because they have to give it to the press to be ready for the early webcast.

The committee members had to read hundreds and hundreds of books chosen because they were published for children, ages birth - fourteen, in 2009. The books had to be written by an American resident or citizen and couldn't have been published anywhere else first.

Books I Read
I mostly read books that had received a starred review from one of the major review organizations. Since I'm not on the many publishing lists I didn't receive boxes and boxes of books to read. So, I found most of my books at the local library. If they didn't have them, I pretty much could not read them. So, here's my full list of books I read to try and find the Newbery.
  1. Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
  2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  4. The Red Blazer Girls by Michael Beil
  5. Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T Bernier-Grand
  6. All the Broken Pieces by Ann E Burg
  7. Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
  8. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  9. Happenstance Found by PW Catanese
  10. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
  11. Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
  12. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
  13. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  14. The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
  15. Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  16. Tropical Secrets by Margarita Engle
  17. Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
  18. The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman
  19. The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  20. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  21. Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French
  22. Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
  23. Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia
  24. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
  25. Forest Born by Shannon Hale
  26. Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan
  27. Scat by Carl Hiaasen
  28. Claudette Colvin by Philip Hoose
  29. Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  30. Pop by Gordon Korman
  31. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
  32. Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
  33. Wings by Jason Lethcoe
  34. Where The Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  35. Crow Call by Lois Lowry
  36. The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
  37. Neil Armstrong is My Uncle by Nan Marino
  38. Eleven Birthdays by Wendy Mass
  39. The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor
  40. Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
  41. Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson
  42. Notes From The Dog by Gary Paulsen
  43. Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  44. Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg by Rodman Philbrick
  45. SLOB by Ellen Potter
  46. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  47. When The Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
  48. Mother Poems by Hope Anita Smith
  49. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  50. Almost Astronauts by Tonya Lee Stone
  51. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork
  52. Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
  53. Perpetual Check by Richard Wallace
  54. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
  55. Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem
I must say even if I haven't read the award winner, I've read quite a few marvelous books! Any one of these books would make a valuable addition to any school library! The list includes a variety of genres, picture books, MG books, and YA books. Something for everyone!

My Top Picks
I loved many of these books so choosing my top ten was very difficult. I tried to stick to the Newbery criteria of distinguished writing and quality presentation to children. So, in alphabetical order, these are my top 5 in terms of Newbery-ness:
  1. Claudette Colvin by Philip Hoose
  2. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LeFleur
  3. The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
  4. When The Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
  5. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The books I marked in bold are ones I think more suited for the Printz award. My top picks for the Printz, in order of love, are:
  1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  3. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork
  4. Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
So, there you have it. I'll come back after the announcements to update this post with the actual winners.

Newbery Award Winner - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Honors - Claudette Colvin, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg, Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Printz Award Winner - Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Honors - Charles and Emma, Monstrumologist, Punkzilla, Tales of the Madmen Underground

I've got some reading to do...


  1. Fun post! The only one of these I've read is Wintergirls; it was definitely powerful!

  2. I haven't read as many Newbery contenders as I once did now that I am in a primary library. I'm looking forward to the announcement tomorrow.

  3. We have two Newbery books in common and one Printz.

    I did not like Anderson's Wintergirls. I thought Anderson was trying to give the novel a a poetry feel and it didn't work for me. It felt forced

  4. You have quite an impressive list. I can hardly wait. I loved Wintergirls. Maybe that is because Ihad a daughter who suffered from anorexia.

  5. This was such a fascinating post. Thank you for this—for seeing how you read and how you choose what you read.


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