Monday, January 18, 2010

And the winners are...

I had such fun this morning, getting up early to Tweet about the ALA Youth Media Awards with a bunch of other kidlitters!

The winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead! I'm so happy about this! This was one of my favorite books of the year and I know my library owns it already because I bought two copies that just came in last week. Woo!

2010 Newbery Honors are:

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip M. Hoose (I really need to finish this one!)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (I was not such a huge fan of this one, but I know many others were.)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Yaaaaay! Very much deserved!) and

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (Again, I was not such a huge fan of this one, but Kyle will be happy!)

The 2010 Caldecott Medal went to The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney! This was not a surprise at all since this was everyone's Caldecott pick.

Caldecott Honors went to All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee and Red Sings from Treetops illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. And since I don't ever know what to say about picture books, we'll just move it right along...

The 2010 Sibert Award for nonfiction went to Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone, which I apparently did not review, but I did mention it in my post about booktalks for Women's History Month.

Sibert Honors went to

The Day Glo Brothers by Chris Barton - Yaaaay!

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip M. Hoose

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

The 2010 Printz Award went to Going Bovine by Libba Bray. And can I just say that I so called it? I did. I called it.

Printz Honors went to Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (*squee!!* I loved this one!), The Monstromologist by Richard Yancey, Punkzilla by Adam Raff (I've not heard of this one), and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 by John Barnes (I think maybe I'd heard of this one, but I'm not really familiar with it). Once again, I just have doubts that any of these Printz winners are going to have much teen appeal. I could be wrong - I've only read Going Bovine and Charles & Emma...

The NEW YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award went to Charles and Emma! Wooo!

The 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award went to a book I'd not heard of:  Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. I've placed my request at the library so as to remedy this situation. And the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award went to My People, illustrated by Charles R. Smith. I'm pretty sure we bought that one for my department.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork both won Schneider Family Book Awards (for middle grades and teens, respectively). I'm quite happy to see both of these titles honored, as I liked both of them very much.

And I think those are about all the thoughts I have on the 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards. You can see the full list of awards and winners here: American Library Association announces literary award winners.

All in all, I'm extremely happy with this year's winners. I've read all the Newbery winners (well, I'm in the middle of Claudette, so I'm counting that one, too) and the Sibert winners. I think we own most of the titles at my library, though I'll have to go through and fill in some gaps.

What are your thoughts about this year's winners? What got left off the list that you wish had been on there? Anything win that you don't think was deserving? And how do you think the winners rate on kid appeal?


Esme Raji Codell said...

Nice post! Thank you.

Cat Fancy said...

Yay for When You Reach Me!!!! I am also glad that the Day-Glo brothers book got something because I know you LOVE it. I just ordered it for my library, so I can't wait to read it.

Wendy said...

Well, I don't really like being negative on this day, but... Okay, I'll say instead that I thought both Moonshot and Claudette Colvin were great, worthy nonfiction titles, and so was Marching For Freedom which wasn't honored, and I haven't read PT Barnum but have heard great things about it. I liked Charles and Emma, too. I really appreciate clarity, accuracy, and thought-provokingness in non-fiction.

Patricia J. Weaver said...

You picked the winner, yea!! for you. Several of the books on the list were worthy but it was a tight race this year. I think if you make the list you're a winner, of course it is much better to win for real :)

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Loved your post, Abby. I loved WHEN YOU REACH ME, too. Happy! I still have lots of reading to catch up though. But it's GREAT reading so no complaints here!

Blogstradamus said...

The ALA awards are more satisfying than the Golden Globes! Thanks for the post.

Trisha said...

Nice call on Going Bovine. You know this means I'm that this time next year, I'll be asking which book you didn't like you think will win the Printz, right? :)

Abby said...

Trisha, I know! You'd think that maybe they consulted me, but they didn't! ;)

Anonymous said...

While I'm sure that Claudette Colvin is a very worthy book (and I'll be reading it soon just to make sure :), I'm really glad that it didn't win the Newbery after its National Book Award win. I prefer to spread the award love around! And When You Reach Me was also one of my favorite books of the year. All in all, the Newbery list seems an exceedingly kid-friendly lot, which is refreshing.

I'm also super-happy for Red Sings from Treetops. Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski are a great team (there's a poem in This is Just to Say that just breaks my cold cold heart) and Red Sings from Treetops is a gorgeous book that deserves to be more widely read.