Category Archives: Children’s book awards

Hey, Al and the 1987 Caldecott Committee

I love second-guessing the children’s book award committees as much as anyone. I used to even be pretty accurate at predicting what would win the Newbery, though the Caldecott has always been more unpredictable.  I spent a certain amount of … Continue reading

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ALA 2013–Chicago!

ALA conferences have a particular arc to them. A couple of weeks beforehand, I am scrambling to get everything done so I can take some time out to immerse in professional development. I worry and worry, with a little fussing … Continue reading

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The Day Between Big Days

Yesterday was a big day.  The Saturday of  ALA Midwinter  is when the youth award groups make their decisions. After a year of reading/viewing/listening to submissions, it is time to make a final choice. Some committees (the ones with fewer … Continue reading

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Hey, carrot toes! Please reissue Soup for Supper!

  To tell you the truth, I had a little bit of a wild group at storytime today. One of the two new boys was the kind that my dear friend Jan would recognize. She always told the story about … Continue reading

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All awards are not equal

I worry sometimes about the proliferation of book awards, particularly the ones that enable a publisher to slap a shiny seal on the front of a book. There are the longstanding, very meaningful awards like the Newbery and the Caldecott. … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed

I have a topic that I’ll bet every single person who reads this will relate to: I am overwhelmed. It’s the time of year when the library/book world is buzzing with speculationg. Who will win the Newbery? The Caldecott? The … Continue reading

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ALA wrap-up so far

So much for my good intentions of blogging my way through the conference. It seems that you can attend conference events or you can sit in your hotel room and blog about them. High point so far has been the … Continue reading

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Trust the Process

Last week, I had the chance to use the 2011 Caldecott Winner,  A Sick Day for Amos McGee, with my storytime group for ages 4-Kindergarten and with my story group for grades K-3. It proved to me once again that … Continue reading

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Biting my tongue

So far there’s only one drawback to being on the Geisel Award Committee.  Mostly, it is great.  You get to intensively study a particular area of children’s literature for a year, and how children interract with it.  Fun stuff for … Continue reading

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ALA part 1: I paid for an ARC!

I couldn’t decide what to write about first, but hearing my son’s laughter coming from his room decided the question for me–I have to write about the first time I have ever paid for an Advanced Reader Copy. Technically, I … Continue reading

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