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. :)
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
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.
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...)
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. :)