Yesterday just happened to be a day off from school due to the extreme cold we have been having here. Although I am tired of not having school, I was excited to get to watch a live webcast of the ALA awards. It is always fun to see how many of the award winners I have read, and exciting to add some new titles to my TBR stacks.
It should surprise no one that Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the big winner capturing the Newbery medal. I read and reviewed this book a while ago, and enjoyed it enough - but not enough for me to gush to others about it or consider it a must read. On my way to work I stopped at the public library where the two youth librarians weren't all that excited, either. Seems the consensus among the three of us is that while Kate DiCamillo is a good author, there are other great authors out there that deserve an award, too.
I'm pretty proud of myself that I have read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, and Paperboy by Vince Vautner. That means I have only two Newbery titles to read - Doll Bones by Holly Black - totally not my type of book, but I'll give it a whirl at some point, and One Came Home by Amy Timberlake.
On to the Caldecotts....this is the one award that I have no skill in predicting at all simply because there are so many titles out there to choose from. But this year I already own Locomotive by Brian Floca, and Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner and Journey by Aaron Becker. I haven't seen Flora and the Flamingo yet, but already had it checked out from the library.
The one title I do wish would have received some mention is Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. I absolutely love that picture book.
The Newbery and Caldecott are the two "big" awards, but I love reading through the list of other award winners....the Pura Belpre winners look amazing and I've already added them to my next library order along with the Coretta Scott King award winners. There are plenty of titles for me to add to my list of books to read and explore.
You can click here for a full list of award winners