We interrupted our school day this morning to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards. (Okay, I interrupted our school day so I could watch them. The girls were slightly interested but mostly kept to their spelling, handwriting, and their new project of teaching the DLM to read. *Ahem*) I tuned in a bit late due to some technical difficulties, so I missed the first awards, but I saw the ones I was most interested in: the Coretta Scott King awards, the Batchelder, the Printz (and all the other YALSA awards), and of course, the Newbery and the Caldecott. Many of the books were unfamiliar to me. You can see the press release with all the details here.
These are the winners I’m most interested in reading myself:
Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin won three awards: the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, and a Newbery honor. Wow! Reading long(ish) nonfiction isn’t my forté, but this is an area of interest–World War II–and it must be good.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson won both a Sibert honor and a YALSA honor, and since I’ve never met a Hopkinson book I didn’t like, I’d like to add this one to my list.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage won a Newbery honor, and I haven’t even heard of it. The Amazon summary sounds like it’s an interesting and entertaining story, though. I’ll definitely seek it out.
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve won the Batchelder Award, an award given to a translated book. I’ve enjoyed the one Batchelder book I’ve read, and this one is a World War II survivor/Holocaust story, which is right down my alley.
Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf won a Batchelder honor. It’s the story of child soldiers in the Liberian civil war. Africa is a particular interest of mine, so I think I’d find it interesting.
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won this year’s Caldecott Medal, so I guess I should finally bring it home from the library and read it. (I didn’t fall in love with Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back last year, so I’ve been rather indifferent toward this one so far.) I haven’t gotten my hands on Laura Vacaro Seeger‘s Green yet, and now it’s won a Caldecott honor. This is one I am eager to see.
Last, I’d never even heard of Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, and it won a Caldecott honor, too. Add it to my list.
As for the winners I have read, here they are, with links to my reviews:
- Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown–honor
- Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated Jon Klassen—honor
- One Cool Friend by Tony Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small—honor