Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ye Olde Award Predictions

For some reason, the ALA Awards keep sneaking up on me this year. I keep forgetting that this Monday is the day! I don't think I've ever predicted the awards correctly (I don't even think I made any predictions last year), but I'm just happy if I've read the Newbery winner and if I've heard of the Caldecott winner. :)

Newbery Predictions

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor 
When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton

Caldecott Predictions

I refuse to predict the Caldecott on account of I have absolutely no idea.
But I would just like to say that I would love to see a shiny sticker on The Mermaid Queen illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.

Sibert Predictions

Lucy Long Ago by Catherine Thimmesh
The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner
The Day Glo Brothers by Chris Barton (some might say it doesn't have enough "oomph", but it was one of my favorites this year!)
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (and this is also a finalist for the YALSA Nonfiction Award...)

Printz Predictions

This is another one where I have noooo idea. Lots of people seem to think Marcelo has a chance, but I'm going to go all in for Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

As for the rest of the awards...

I really have no idea. Check out more predictions at A Fuse #8 Production and 100 Scope Notes. 

And I know you're still trying to get your five comments in for today, so feel free to tell me your predictions in the comments. :)

19 comments:

Trisha said...

Does your Going Bovine pick have anything to do with Jellicoe Road last year?

I actually think the Printz is going to go non-fiction this year, even with the new NF award, so my pick is Claudette Colvin, with Charles and Emma getting an honor. I loved Marcelo and wouldn't be surprised if it won, but for some reason, I don't think it's going to win. And, of course, now that I've said this, it'll win.

For the Caldecott, I'm going with Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse. I know, it's a popular choice, not to mention one of the few picture books I've read this year, but it is certainly distinguished.

The Newbery is the major one for which I have no prediction.

Alicia said...

I feel like predicting winners is almost like catching a fish with your bare hands. I was surprised you didn't have Claudette Colvin on any of your lists, as I think it (or Charles and Emma) probably get the NF award...and then they're also both eligible for the Sibert too! What about Lips Touch for the Printz? I've just started reading it, but I feel like it reads like a Printz.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I don't think I've read enough new MG to really pick the Newbery, and I think When You Reach Me will be on the list somewhere. I'd love for Kathryn Fitzmaurice's The Year the Swallows Came Early to get a sticker, but as Betsy Bird mentioned, people are split on that on.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Lips Touch for the Printz!

And I think Charles and Emma is getting on that Sibert list somewhere too, even if it is on the non-fiction award too.

Melissa said...

I'm hoping for a sticker on Wild Things (which I loved, but didn't push for...). How about I'd be happy if any on our shortlist were recognized? And, yeah, I'd be happy if I've *heard* of the Caldecott, let alone read it.

Cat Fancy said...

I am keeping my fingers crossed for When You Reach Me!!!!

I kind of like The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen for the Caldecott, but it is a real long shot.

Bill said...

It's been interesting to me to see how much buzz When You Reach Me is getting all of a sudden. It seemed to have gone away and come back of late. I was never able to get my hands on a copy of When the Whistle Blows, I'm still on the reserve list.

Kristen said...

I have no idea about the picks but I like knowing what was awarded since the award winners for any given year are my preferred baby gift.

Karen said...

Bill and I are predicting this weekend, so stay tuned. I like your Newbery picks. As you said, even after reading a lot this past year, I will feel happy if I've just read either the Newbery Award winner or any of the Honor books.

MotherReader said...

If The Lion & the Mouse doesn't win the Caldecott, I will eat my copy of the book.

I'm also look for All the World on that list and maybe The Curious Garden. I'd be really happy to see Jeremy Draws a Monster. on the list because I think it is such an amazing book with a fantastic yet subtle message, and no one seems to know about it.

I think you've got a nice selection of Newbery possibilities. I'd throw Calpurnia Tate in there as a definite maybe.

lgburns said...

Oh, the excitement of it all! I will be at the announcements this year and cannot wait to cheer loudly for whomever wins in whichever category. So many marvelous, deserving books (and authors!) this year ...

Loree Griffin Burns
www.loreeburns.com
(Who is, indeed, doing the Comment Challenge thing!)

Ms. Yingling said...

I've been thinking that Baskin's Anything But Typical might stand a good chance...

Amy said...

I also like Lips Touch for the Printz, though I also think a NF will be at least one of its finalists. I'm likeing Claudette Colvin for the NF, and Hold Still for the Morris. I wonder if Catching Fire will appear anywhere, too.

Kay Cassidy said...

Great lists, Abby! I would LOVE to see WHEN YOU REACH ME win the Newbery. One of my favorite reads of 2009.

Becky said...

I SOOOO agree about When You Reach Me, but I hope to see Magician's Elephant on the honor list as well! I'm jumping on The Lion and the Mouse bandwagon for the Caldecott, but I have a weird feeling that Otis might pop up as the surprise winner, or at least an honor book! I'm definitely going to be watching the webcast Monday morning...before the Preschool Partnerships meeting! =)

p.s. we spent FOREVER trying to figure out how to set up the puppet stage the other day. That thing is CONFUSING!

Abby said...

Becky, I can't believe I forgot The Magician's Elephant! I think that one definitely has a chance, too.

And as for the puppet stage... I always made Brad put it together (and even he had a time with it!), so good for you guys for figuring it out! :)

Caroline said...

I'm picking: The Lion and the Mouse for the Caldecott, When You Reach Me for the Newbery, and Marcelo in the Real World for the Printz. But I have no idea!

Margaret Ann Abrahams said...

Your predictions and all the comments make me aware how remiss I've been about reading MG in particular. I'll look for some the books you've mentioned, that I've missed. Great to discover your blog.

Bibliovore said...

Eeep! I forgot about When the Whistle Blows, and I loved that one, deeply and fiercely.

Kelly said...

Good calls, looks like!