Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Are You My Newbery? - How'd We Do?

It was a big day for librarians and students on Monday, January 10, 2011.  The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced!

At the school, we gathered in our Large Group Instruction room to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards, only to find out our school had it blocked! But, for some crazy reason, we could get the ALA Facebook page and my twitter stream.  So we stared at the screen waiting to see if any of our choices made the cut.

The students reactions:
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan - The Pure Belpre - although we wanted to see this book get the Newbery Honor, we were happy it got some recognition.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia - Coretta Scott King and Newbery Honor - Yay!!!  We were worried because only two other books won both The Scott O'Dell and Newbery (thank you Anita Silvey) so this was fantastic!

And that was it! They had read Heart of a Samurai but were not "impressed".  They kept re-reading and re-reading the announcements sure that they would find Cardturner by Sachar and Keeper by Appelt somewhere!   They were also disappointed that Mockingbird by Erskine and Out of My Mind by Draper didn't get recognized.  I'm proud to note they decided to read Moon over Manifest by Vanderpool next!  I didn't even ask them too

My reactions:
Newbery: For the second year in a row, I was happy to see that I'd read ALL of the books that won Newbery and Newbery Honors.  I was also happy to see One Crazy Summer get more recognition.

Printz: This is the first year that I'd read the Printz winner, Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi,  before it was announced!  I'd also read one of the honors, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King, and have Stolen by Lucy Christopher on my nightstand since it's also a Cybils YA Finalist!  I'm also pleased that all of the books, except for Stolen, were on my Mock Printz list at Goodreads!

Coretta Scott King (Author): The is the first year that I've read ALL of the CSK winners before they were announced! One Crazy Summer, Lockdown by Myers, Ninth Ward by Parker-Rhodes, and Yummy by Neri!

Schneider Family Book Award: Happy to see I'd read the middle-grade book, After Ever After by Sonnenblick.

Alex Awards: Read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender and had already purchased it for the library!

Pura Belpre (Author): Read The Dreamer by Ryan and Firefly Letters by Engle!

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Award: Read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by Green and Levithan.  Also went to see them at Anderson's last April!

Geisel Award: I read Bink and Gollie by DiCamillo and McGhee!

Overall, A great year of reading!  I will continue reading the same way but will expand my Printz reading somewhat. The most awesome thing is the ability to talk to a wide variety of students about the books I read!


  1. It was an exciting ALA and the awards are always wonderful to watch for. Congratulations on having read all the Newbery award books for the second year. I'm following your list from now on!

  2. Cheryl, I wish I could have been there! I must give credit to Kris Springer, librarian extraordinaire at St Joseph County Public Library here in South Bend, for putting together the list. She taught me everything I know! Best in the business I tell you!


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