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Newbery and Caldecott Awards Announced on January 18, 2010

It's that time of year again! Feeling hopeful since I actually READ last year's Newbery Winner before it was announced... However, I had never seen or hear of the Caldecott winner. If you need a reminder of what won last year, click here for my post from last year. To watch the awards being announced live on Monday morning beginning at 7:45 am (Pacific time) check out the webcast. If you want to see some pretty good predictions, check out Betsy Bird's predictions from way back in October of 2009 over at FUSE#8. For a very in depth, fascinating look at the process, check out Heavy Medal, a blog dialogue between two librarians who have served on the selection committees for these awards. Here are some of the titles being bandied about:

I am very excited (and not the least bit surprised) to see Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me at the top of list. I am THRILLED and very hopeful to see Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon on the list!

Other books mentioned on the list are The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly and Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2009.

Possible Caldecott winners include one of my favorites from last year as well as a book in which the text and pictures work beautifully together, The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, pictures by David Roberts. The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless retelling of the fable by the always amazing Jerry Pinkney, Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon, Moonshot by Brian Floca and 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Wilson Kimeli Naiymah with illustrations by Thomas González.


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