Monday, January 14, 2008

ALA Awards Announced

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I had a blast at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Friday. I attended a pre-meeting conference titled "Reading and the School Library Media Specialist Elementary Workshop" give by Christina Dorr. It was packed full of ideas and strategies for helping to support the classroom teacher's reading programs from the Library Media Center. We had great discussions and shared techniques, tips and programs that worked for us in our schools. I am still digesting the thick handout packet of articles and will have more to say about it in the coming days. I had a great lunch in Reading Terminal Market with some of the other librarians I met at the conference. One was from Arizona and one from Pennsylvania. Neither had ever been to Reading Terminal before so I had fun showing them around.

I had a great time at the opening of the Exhibition on Friday night. I toured the displays and came away with all the free advanced review copies of new books that I could carry. I even had to leave some on the bench in the train station when one of my bags broke and I couldn't carry them all. I hope someone who loves books found them! I have a whole shelf of new books to read at home now, and guess what I dug into this weekend? A new printing of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I couldn't help myself; even though I've read it a bunch of times before and I had all those brand new books... it was calling me from the bedside table. Meg is one of my all time favorite characters. It's her weaknesses that save the day, remember?

And today; the announcement of this years award winning books. Go here to read the complete listing. My summary:

Newbery Medal winner:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,” by Laura Amy Schlitz. YAY! It's a Cybil poetry nominee too so I have it at home!

Newbery Honor Books:
Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis,
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson

Caldecott Medal winner:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrated by Brian Selznick

Caldecott Honor Books: Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine
First the Egg, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, illustrated and written by Peter Sís
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, illustrated and written by Mo Willems

Coretta Scott King Author Book winner: Elijah of Buxton, written by Christopher Paul Curtis

King Illustrator Book winner: Let it Shine, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: There Is a Bird on Your Head!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award: Yuyi Morales, illustrator of Los Gatos Black on Halloween, written by Marisa Montes

Pura Belpré Author Award: Margarita Engle, author of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, illustrated by Sean Qualls

I don't have all the books in the photo above because some of them are checked out at present. But I think it's the first year I can remember that we have almost all of these books already in our library. Last year we had to order the Newbery and Caldecott winners after the awards were announced and it took a really long time for them to come in. I feel a little bad that Elijah of Buxton is checked out to me and is sitting next to my bed not read yet... but guess what I'm doing tonight?? Ha Ha Ha! I'm on my way home baby!


MotherReader said...

I just finished Elijah of Buxton a couple of days ago when I saw sooo much buzz about it. I found it hard to get into, but then about halfway through, it really took off.

Unfortunately, my library didn't have the Newbery winner, so it may be some time before I can get my hands on it. Maybe I'll buy it.

Very happy about Hugo Cabret and glad that Let It Shine got a CSK award, if not the Caldecott it also deserved. And then there's several levels of Mo happiness.

susan said...

As a volunteer library aide, I can't tell you how invaluable your blog is to me. Thanks for taking time to share with us your knowledge and experiences. I visit your blog almost daily several times a day.

Aside note, I have attended ALA in a past life but I was working in publishing at the time. My years at Gale were some of the most rewarding years in my work career.