I should preface this blog entry by admitting that I was completely wrong in my Caldecott and Newbery predictions for last year, so feel free to take these with a grain of salt! Now I'm not one to watch the Oscars or Golden Globes, but give me some ALA awards and I'm a happy librarian. Last January we had an eLearning day due to extreme weather on the day of the awards ceremony, so I got to watch the announcements live from my couch! I'm not counting on that happening again this year, but I can't wait to see what books are recognized on Monday.
These five titles are my favorites for the picture book award. I'm not quite sure which will take home the medal and which will be honors, but I'll be really surprised if none of these are recognized in some way: Another by Christian Robinson, The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson, A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel, Saturday by Oge Mora, and Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña.
Medal: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
This book made me ugly cry on a plane this past summer. Truly one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching stories about loss and family I've ever read, and Coyote is such an endearing narrator. This is middle grade literature at its best!!
Honors: New Kid by Jerry Craft, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, and A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
So I haven't read as much YA as usual this year... being on the Caudill selection committee to decide on next year's 5th-8th grade student choice titles for Illinois has skewed more of my reading toward middle grade books.
With that being said, Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson better win SOMETHING. I also really enjoyed On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, White Rose by Kip Wilson, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, and Dig by A.S. King.
What are your predictions??