After a night of broken sleep, punctuated by severe weather alerts that rival air raid sirens in their ability to induce panic in us shell-shocked Alabamians, I got up this morning to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation live via the internet. I always mean to do this but always also manage to let it slip by unnoticed until I read the re-hash on someone’s blog. It was nice to have something to look forward to this morning after a rough night, though.
I’m usually surprised at how few of the award winning books I’ve read. A quickly counted sixty some-odd winners, not including the many books of the authors or illustrators who won a lifetime achievement type award. I think I’ve read five or so of them. Here are the ones I’ve read, linked to my reviews when possible:
Caldecott Medal: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka–I “read” this one but never reviewed it because I have such a hard time reviewing wordless picture books. I really, really need to bone up on what makes illustrations great, both because I’m interested in it and because it would make my book reviews much better!
Caldecott honor: Me. . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Schneider Family Book Award (middle school): Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Sibert Award: Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet–I loved this one and even predicted it to be a Caldecott contender. I’m so glad it won something!
Sibert honor: Drawing from Memory by Allen Say, a book I haven’t read all of yet (seems I misplaced it in the middle of reading it).
Theodore Seuss Geisel Award: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Lulu and I are even; she hasn’t read Wonderstruck, but she did read Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans, which won the Coretta Scott King illustrator award.
These are the new-to-me winners I’m most interested in reading. The designation is below the book cover.
(Alex Award, though I first read of this book on Mindy Withrow’s blog)
(Theodore Seuss Geisel Award)
(Both Printz and Morris Awards!)
(Susan Cooper won the Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, and seeing as I haven’t read any of her books, I think I’ll start with this one.)