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2017 Mock Predictions

Tomorrow morning – less than 10 hours, really – ALSC and ALA will announce the 2017 Youth Media Awards.

I’m not lying when I say that this is my favorite morning of the year.  I *might* get a little excited. (Read: I’ve woken up my kids by cheering each of the last 3 years). This was last year:

There’s the lead-up. Waking up at 4am PST. Making tea. Prepping breakfast. Getting devices ready – phone to Tweet, iPad to photo, desktop to view the live feed. And the, the main event. The live feed. You can find it HERE: https://www.facebook.com/ILoveLibraries/

My predictions for Newbery, Caldecott & Geisel: The Wild Robot. They All Saw a Cat. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea.

Now, to get a good night sleep. The day is almost here!

2017 Mock Newbery – RESULTS!

We did it. Almost 30 students and 3 teachers took part in our Mock Newbery book club. This morning’s penultimate meeting: VOTING and the announcement of the WINNING and HONOR titles!

We had 11 titles on our ballot: the ten from our original list, and one mid-year addition.

Similar to the real Newbery Committee, students had three votes: a first place, second place, and third place. Ballots were handed out. Points were assigned. Numbers added and compared. And now: our 2017 Mock Newbery winner and four 2017 Mock Newbery honor titles.

#mtigerslibrary 2017 Mock Newbery Honor Titles

  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano
  • Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Maxi’s Secrets by Lynne Plourde

#mtigerslibrary 2017 Mock Newbery Winner

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

We are eagerly anticipating next week’s Youth Media Awards. As we’re on the West Coast, I’m begging students to not look at the results before arriving for our final gathering – when we watch the tape-delayed 2017 Newbery announcement as a group. I cannot wait to see their reactions!

2016 ALA YMA’s: my reactions

Now that I’ve mostly stopped trembling –  adrenaline rush! – here’s my reactions to some of this morning’s ALA YMA announcements. I’ll focus on the awards / books I know best or should’ve known better. And there will be reaction selfies. Because why not!

Last Stop on Market Street picked up big hardware this morning, including the Newbery Medal AND a Caldecott Honor. What a thrill. Seriously: What. A. Thrill.  I am SO happy that this touching, important story won big and will have a long-lasting impact.  William Blake’s Inn aside (because it’s poetry), Last Stop on Market Street is the FIRST picture book to win the Newbery Medal. AND! It’s the second book to ever to have a Newbery/Caldecott combo (after William Blake’s Inn). Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson – a kidlit dream team!

My reaction? Stoked! I was shaking after this announcement! Also: is it too much to hope that de la Pena – best known for his YA work – will write more picture books?


My girl J was pumped to hear that Roller Girl now sports some serious hardware. So am I: year two that a GN was honored by the committee with a Newbery Honor. No reaction shot from her…she was asleep this year (West Coast time and all).  This is when from Easter, when not even candy kept her from reading it:

As for me?


…and that’s all for the reaction selfies. Really.

Quite happy that The War That Saved My Life AND Echo also picked up Newbery Honors. They are great titles for upper readers (and adult readers!) with solid circulation among my 5th graders (though I’ve got TWTSML in galley form…soon to be solved!) . Newbery, you outdid yourself this year: a picture book, a graphic novel, and 2 chapter books.  Well done.

The Caldecott to Finding Winnie – I haven’t read it yet: I’m #24 of 65 on hold, and it’s been over a month. No excuses anymore: it’s now ordered and on the way! Nonfiction for the win is always a good thing…especially since it was the one of the major genres (poetry being the other) not covered by the Newbery. And that it’s focused on such a kid-friendly topic – Winnie the Pooh – is icing on the Caldecott cake!


Trombone Shorty, as a LSU girl who holds New Orleans close, my heart sings with joy today! Your story was much appreciated by 5th graders in last week’s Lunch and Listen. And now you are a double-winner!

Kevin Henkes once again shows that his titles, regardless of genre or age range, garner close inspection by the committees.  His quietly beautiful (and patient) story was recognized with TWO awards: a Caldecott Honor AND a Geisel Honor to Waiting.

Speaking of the Geisel…I was so, so off. Supertruck and Waiting aside, I haden’t even heard of the other 2 winners: A Pig, a Fox, and a Box and Don’t Throw it to Mo! Shame on me! Not to fear: they’re (also) on order. Also: hearing the name Mo announced during the Geisel – not followed by the surname Willems – was totally surreal. That would’ve been a good selfie reaction shot, but alas: I was tweeting.

And speaking of Supertruck: my 6yo is very, very happy that a book he loved won an award. And that’s the point of the Geisel, yes?  🙂

Jerry Pinkney won the day. Two awards for lifetime achievement. It was time.

Jason Reynolds had a big day. Two CSK Honors for All-American Boys and The Boy in the Black Suit. I’m surprised that neither won the award, but it’ll happen in due time: he’s too big of a talent.  Also adding All-American Boys to my TBR pile right now. As much as I loved The Boy in the Black Suit (see Mock Printz), you think I’d have read his other YA from 2015…

Also big author honors to David Levithan and Jackie Woodson. The Edwards Award is the one I remember most from my MLIS program – we had to read a book from each of the winning authors. Levithan joins an esteemed group. And Woodson’s Arbuthnot Lecture should be fabulous, given her strength in storytelling.

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Among other announcements:

VERY happy that Fish in a Tree and The War That Saved My Life picked up the middle grade Schneider Family Book Award! The committee couldn’t choose between the two, and I don’t blame them. These stories of children overcoming disabilities – physical and learning – are winners among children. Having a shiny new sticker is a well-deserved bonus.

The Porcupine of Truth won! Yippee! I feared it would be overlooked…but the won the YA Award from the Stonewall Committee.


The Printz once again proved that we never know what that committee is going to do. Bone Gap won the award (YAY Laura Ruby!), but I haven’t read either of the two honor titles: Out of Darkness and The Ghosts of Heaven. My TBR pile grows larger 🙂


Those – among others – stand out among this morning’s awards. Now 10amPST, it’s time to get going with my morning (um, shower). I’m thankful to work part-time and blog on Mondays…especially today. Reactions? Share freely, but Be Positive! Cheers, readers!

2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

What a morning! Up super-early: Betsy Bird‘s Google Hangout at 4am PST, then for the ALA YMA’s at 5am.  Not sleepy in the slightest, this is my favorite day of the year.

And the early alarm time was worth every minute of lost sleep.

Here are the big winners, going in reverse from how they’re announced at ALA.  I’ll recap my reactions in a future post (and believe me, there are reaction shots!)

2016 Newbery Medal Winner: Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson


2016 Newbery Honor Titles:


  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner:Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick  


2016 Caldecott Honor Titles:

  • Last Stop on Market Street illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña
  • Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
  • Waiting illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

2016 Geisel Award Winner: Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks


2016 Geisel Honor Titles:

  • A Pig, a Fox, and a Box written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
  • Supertruck written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
  • Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

2016 Siebert Award for Nonfiction: Funny Bones written and illustrated by Daniel Tonatiuh


2016 Siebert Honor Titles:

  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written by Don Brown
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler written by Phillip Hoose
  • Turning 15 on the Road To Freedom written by Lydia Blackmon Lowery

2016 Pura Belpre Award Illustration Winner: Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Margarita Engle


2016 Pura Belpre Illustration Honors:

2016 Pura Belpre Award Author Winner: Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle


2016 Pura Belpre Author Honors:

2016 Printz Award for YA Literature: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby


2016 Printz Honor Titles:

2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Author Winner – Gone Crazy in Alabama written by Rita Williams-Garcia


2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Author Honors

2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Illustrator Winner – Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews


2016 Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Illustrator Honors

…and still MORE goodness from the webcast!

Great job, ALA committee folks! Job WELL done!

2015 ALA Youth Media Awards

What a morning!  Entirely too much tea & Twitter before 7:00am, but so worth it to follow the live webcast awarding the best of children’s lit at ALA Midwinter.  Here’s the list of winners. Within the week, I’ll share some thoughts on the awards and winners.


2015 Newbery Medal Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

the crossover by kwame alexander

2015 Newbery Honor Titles:

2015 Caldecott Medal Winner: The Adventures of Beekle written and illustrated by Dan Santat


2015 Caldecott Honor Titles:

2015 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang


2015 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Titles:

2015 Siebert Medal for Nonfiction: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant


2015 Siebert Honor Titles:

2015 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration: Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales


2015 Pura Belpre Honor Titles for Illustration:

2015 Printz Award for YA Literature: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson


2015 Printz Honor Titles:

2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner: Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers, written by Misty Copeland


2015 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Honor Titles:

2015 Stonewall Book Award Winner: This Day in June by Gayle E. Pittman


2015 Schneider Family Book Award – Young Children’s:  A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz


2015 Schneider Family Book Award – Middle Grades: Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin


Other notable moments from the webcast:

For more info on each award, visit I Love Libraries or ALA.