Monday, January 14, 2008

It's Newbery Time!

I am thrilled! Even though my top favorite (Revolution is Not a Dinner Party) wasn't named, the medalist and honor recipients are fantastic.

Newbery Medal: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

I'm a big fan of Laura Amy Schlitz. Loved A Drowned Maiden's Hair, and really enjoyed Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Ms. Schlitz is a school librarian in Baltimore, so I'm sure we'll see local press pay great attention to her win (deservedly so!)

Newbery Honors:

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

I enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's books, so yay #2!

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars
was my other favorite for the Medal. This is the second Honor that Gary D. Schmidt has received-maybe the third time will be the charm?

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

This was on several speculation lists, so I wasn't surprised to see it named for something.

Caldecott Medal:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Very, very happy that this won. A fantastic read.

Caldecott Honor books:

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Very cute book.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtian by Peter Sis

Very happy to see this named.

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Mo Willems is one of my favorite modern picture book authors. His books win awards, but they are also wildly popular with young children. Those two don't always go together. I love the Knuffle Bunny books.

Pura Belpre Award (Author):

The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:

There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Sibert Medal:

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtian by Peter Sis

Sibert Honor:

Lightship by Brian Floca

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