I am an awards junkie. I love the mounting drama, the dramatic upsets, the deserved wins. My favorite awards: ALA’s annual Youth Media Awards, this year held on January 11, 2016 in Boston, MA.
Ever since working at the children’s department in South Carolina, I selected titles that I hoped would be honored by the various committees…but never shared them outside of conversations with other kidlit fiends & friends. This year, I’m sharing my choices with all of you. And similar to the official (secret) voting in the ALA committees, I’ll select three titles for each award: a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for the award.
First up: the Geisel Award, “given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year” – ALA
My 2016 Mock Geisel Awards
First Choice: The Totally Secret Secret (Ballet Cat #1) by Bob Shea
A pink-tutu-wearing, strong willed cat wants to play ballet. Her BFF pony doesn’t…and he has a secret to boot! A non-gimmicky story of what friends do when they can’t agree. Both child-friendly and adult-approved.
Second Choice: I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems
Willems’s newest Elephant & Piggie story tackles food biases. When Piggie gallantly offers Gerald a taste of her delicious slop, his over-the-top reaction hurts. Recognizing his misstep, Gerald offers to take a taste – a small, small taste – to make up for his hurtful reaction to Piggie’s kind offer. Spot-on storytelling for anyone who has sat through lunchtime at schools.
Third Choice: What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virján
Rhyming has not been so fun since Seuss! Consonant blends and vowel word families shine in this humorous, ingenious adventure of a pig in a wig on a boat in a moat. What happens when more animals – like a dog and a goat – climb on the boat? A welcome addition to phonics-based early readers.
Mock Award Season: 2016 Mock Caldecott
Mock Award Season: 2016 Mock Newbery
Mock Award Season: 2016 Mock Printz