Right now, there are authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and other book people getting ready to go to bed (or already sleeping) and completely unaware that they will receive a life-changing phone call in just a few hours. The Newbery Committee has made its selections, the press release has been drafted, and at 7:45am the awards will be announced.
Yesterday I posted the books that my four Language Arts classes chose as their Newbery Medal and Honor books. Tonight I am posting my own hopes for the 2010 Newbery Medal and Honor books. I’m not going specify which books should win which awards….I am just hoping that many of these books garner a shiny medal tomorrow morning!
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
All The Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
Love, Aubrey Suzanne LaFleur
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
When the Whistle Blows by Fran Slayton
I’ve never made a guess about the Printz Award before, but I read a lot of YA this year, so I figured I’d take a stab. I would love to hear one of these announced as a winner tomorrow:
Fire (Graceling) by Kristin Cashore
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
And I read so few picture books, but why not make some wild guesses for the Caldecott? Once, I was able to say I read both the Newbery and Caldecott before they were chosen. That was only because The Invention of Hugo Cabret won and it was not a traditional picture book! But here are some of my absolute favorites from this year:
Bella & Bean by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Love Story (Amiri And Odette) by Walter Dean Myers
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
And here is one of my favorites for the Sibert Award:
Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann
Don’t forget to watch the live webcast from ALA at 7:45am tomorrow morning! I won’t be with my students, as we are off for MLK, Jr. Day so I will be tweeting with other kidlit bloggers, bright and early!