The “Oscar” winners of the children’s book world – the Newbery and Caldecott Awards – will be announced on January 26th. In the mean time, children’s librarians across the country have been having Mock Newbery & Caldecott Award discussions to pick their own favorites and possibly predict this year’s winners. The American Library Association, which iniated these awards, has recently created awards for other categories of books also – the Geisel Award for easy readers, the Sibert Medal for informational books and several others. An award that has been getting a lot of attention in the past few years, is the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Last night 3 Children’s Room staff members of the Ossining Public Library and an Ossining author attended the Westchester Library Association’s Mock Awards Discussion Night at the Scarsdale Library. Debbie Fletcher and I were part of the Newbery Award discussion, Tricia Sabini was in the Caldecott discussion group, and author Susanna Reich joined the Printz Award discussion. We had lots of fun talking about our favorite books of the year. The Caldecott and Printz groups weren’t able to come to a consensus on their “winner”, but our group voted for “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson as our Newbery Award winner.
Now let’s see what happens on January 26th!
submitted by Marci