Monday, January 26, 2009

Awards... what good are they, anyway?

So how about those ALA awards? What did you think of them? No opinion? Wait, whats that? You didn't WATCH them? Or even look the list of winners afterward?

I feel like a lonely book nerd right now. "Why were you late for class?" "I was watching the ALA awards." "The what?" "You know, the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz... those are the big ones, anyway."

Full list of awards here:

So, the Newbery. How about those Fantasy books, eh? We're not focusing on pedantic historical novels kids won't read this year, no sir! Go Newbery committee!

"The Graveyard Book", Neil Gaiman

"The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small
"The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom," by Margarita Engle
"Savvy," by Ingrid Law
"After Tupac & D Foster," by Jacqueline Woodson

I've been meaning to borrow The Graveyard Book from Annie for awhile now, but I think I may now have to steal it from Deidre, who really should be focusing on KoA anyway ;-). I've had my eye on The Underneath and Savvy for awhile now too, I may have to actually pick them up now.

"The House in the Night," written by Susan Marie Swanson

"A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever," written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
"How I Learned Geography," written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
"A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams," illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

Ok, unlike the Newbery, the only one of these I'm familiar with is How I Learned Geography, which I read awhile ago and I think I may now have to take another look at it because I don't really remember the artwork. I'll have to look at the others too.

Mo Willems got the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award this year. Who's surprised? Anybody? You know, guys, you can, like, not give him an award one year. Though I will admit to being rather fond of the Elephant and Piggie books in general, and the Pigeon books are entertaining even if they are all basically the same thing.

Well, I might add a bit to this later, but work starts in, um, nine minutes. So off I go.


Sherri said...

Well, if awards get YOU--the ultimate literature connessoir-- to read the book, they seem to be highly effective. I guess we need to own the winners? How many bookshelfes are you envisioning? I think of your future house like the library on Beauty and the Beast.

emily jean said...

I'm with mom on the shelving of your future house! (little secret, I want that kind of library too!) and I agree about the Pigeon books. I didn't realize that the winners were announced, I think I need to get my hands on some of those now too!!