It’s always good to remember that there are real people behind the blogs we read. And right now, my real life is kicking my very real tail. Blogging is a release and a joy for me, but right now I’m also having to focus extra attention on other areas of my life, which means chirping crickets at Once Upon A Story.
But for the moment, the house is quiet, and I can’t let too much time pass without acknowledging yesterday’s Youth Media Awards. The complete list can be found at the link and I’m not going to pretend to have read all of them, but I have to highlight just a few favorites that were recognized.
John Newbery Award for “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to
There were several contenders for the Newbery in my mind, including this one, and I would hate to have been on the committee that had to make that choice. I’m not surprised by the choice. I was late to the party, but you can read my thoughts on The One and Only Ivan here. The three Honor books selected were Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (which I loved, but was surprised to see recognized), Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for “most distinguished American picture book for children.”
This one was a bit of a surprise for me, though not an unpleasant one. I was rooting for Extra Yarn (also illustrated by Klassen), which instead received an Honor award. I imagine Klassen is floating right now. The other FOUR (wow! tough year!?) Honor awards went to Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds, Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, One Cool Friend (YES! Another pleasant surprise!) illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo, and Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue.
Those are the “big ones”, but I have to give a shout-out two other awards that made me smile.
First, a Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor book:
This book is just gorgeous, both in word and in illustration.
And finally, a smile for Katherine Paterson, who won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award which “honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” Lifetimes ago, I read, Jacob Have I Loved, and two years ago I saw her speak and was won over again by how genuine she was. It’s wonderful to see authors win these lifetime achievement awards.
What about you? Cheers? Disappointments? Surprises? Any now that you haven’t read before but really want to read?