(Stay tuned for my personal reactions to the awards today).
At 10am, my students walked out of Spanish class and into the library. The librarian and I had been trying to get the webcast to work and were at that point desperately watching the mouse move around the screen as our computer tech managed a quick installation from the other end, which would hopefully allow us to watch. My cell phone kept buzzing as it received Tweets about the Alex Awards.
Right in time for the second award to be announced, the webcast worked! We all gathered around the laptop, too afraid to set up the projector in case we interrupted the connection and dropped the announcements. My phone continued buzzing, as my tweets were bout 30 seconds ahead of the announcements. We were thrilled when Laurie Halse Anderson won the Edwards Award, excited when i predicted the Geisel and one Caldecott Honor, and on the edge of our seats for the Newbery announcements.
Below, our reaction to the announcement that The Underneath won an Honor!
(They almost immediately begged me to send a congratulatory email to Kathi Appelt, so I obviously obliged!)