This morning the American Library Association Youth Media Award winners were announced. There was a live webcast of the event, but apparently it was not MAC compatible (or I am an idiot, which could also be the case). They were Twittering the events, but that kind of broken down right before the big awards. So I had to get pieces of info from Abby’s Twitter and John Green’s Twitter……..I am still not sure of everything that happened, but the most important thing is that Savvy by my BFF Ingrid Law won a Newbery Honor!!!!!! This is a huge deal for any author, but especially a first time author. I am so happy for her!
Here are some things that stood out to me from the awards.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery. This is a book I’ve actually read and even put on our Mock Newbery list for work, which makes me feel really smart. I liked this book when I first read it, but after thinking about it there were some nitpicky things that emerged that I wasn’t fond of. But I think it is a good safe choice for the winner because kids (especially boys) will love this book. It is scary and spooky and has some great characters in it.
Are You Ready To Play Outside by Mo Willems won the Geisel Award (given to the most distinguished beginning reader book). This is my second favorite Elephant and Piggie book (after last year’s winner There is a Bird on Your Head). I think that as long as Mo keeps writing Elephant and Piggie books, he has this award (or at least an honor) in the bag.
I was also really excited that What To Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke The Rules, Charmed The World, And Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy by Barbara Kerley received a Sibert Honor (for nonfiction books). This is a fantastic picture book about Alice Roosevelt that everyone needs to read because it is funny, sweet and totally awesome!!!
Another book people need to read is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart which received a Printz Honor. I just read this book a week ago and thought it was great…….definitely deserving of an honor.
Some notable absences were John Green’s Paper Towns and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games……..I mean, come on people, what were you thinking???? Paper Towns was my favorite of John Green’s three books and it has been getting rave reviews….maybe the committee thought he already had enough awards. Also, please…….The Hunger Games not getting anything??? I was kind of expecting it because it falls in that gray area where people think, is it YA or Childrens???? Oh well, I know that it was one of the best books I read this year (well ever really) and I can’t wait for the next one in September.
Hopefully they will post a list of all the winners soon and I will link to it here.
UPDATE: Here is a list of al the winners. It is not easy to read at all, but it seems to be the only place that has a complete list all in one place right now.