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Monday, January 18, 2010

Newbery Announcement at ALA

OK, so maybe you stayed up late watching the Golden Globes last light. Nothing compared with how the library and children's book world feels this morning, awakening to the announcement of the Newbery and Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Printz Awards, among others.

Predictions and mock voting have been rampart in the last few weeks, and a lot of kids will be happy about the winners this year. Rebecca Stead's book will be a popular choice for the Newbery. Great book, fun read.

I think Bryn Mawr School, where I joyfully served as librarian for a few years, may have been one of the original Mock Newbery programs in the country. Now there are lots. One year we even took the Bryn Mawr students to Washington DC to hear the exciting announcement of the winners.

Now, had you risen early this morning, you could have tuned in to a live webcast, almost like being there. Except I doubt you could duplicate the excitement our students felt that year, dressed as book characters, holding signs and cheering their favorite book.

This year the American Library Association met in Boston and has just moments ago announced the winners. I'm delighted to say a book I reviewed and loved is the 2010 Newbery Medal book. Another I reviewed, Mare's War, is a King Honor winner. TaDa, drumroll please!

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Irene Latham said...

Hi Augusta - popping over from Joyce's blog, where I just read your lovely review of Leaving Gee's Bend. Thank you!! And yes, I took a Newbery class through ALA in November, and When You Reach Me was an across the board favorite. I think the Madeline L'Engle tie-in makes it really fun for readers of all ages. Thanks for posting.

EJ said...

Congrats on this win.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Read your review of WYRM- nice foreshadowing regarding awards!

And yes, lots of excitement yesterday morning!

I love that you did the mock Newbery thing early on and even went to ALA with students!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Much excitement this week for the children's book bloggers. Thanks for your comments. Is it already time to start thinking of next year's awards?!