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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Children's Book Award Season

On Monday, February 2nd the American Library Association will host the Youth Media Awards at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago. For the past two years I've had attended the live announcements, which was very exciting. It's hard to describe the energy in a ballroom full of librarians and reviewers as the winning titles are announced.

This year I'll be in Maine during the announcements, so I'll stream the announcements for students in the FES library. Here's the link if you want to watch the awards live on Monday at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Students at FES have been busy reading, discussing and voting for their favorite books published in 2014 before the official awards announcements are made.

Little Elliot, Big City

Three Bears in a Boat 

 The Mark of the Dragonfly

Rain Reign
A Snicker of Magic
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Fourteenth Goldfish

Last year I had the honor of serving on the Sibert Medal committee. I learned firsthand that award committee members devote a year to reading and analyzing hundreds of eligible book based on the award criteria. The discussions and lists of books considered are kept top secret. This makes it really fun to try to predict the winner. There are many books that are contenders for these awards, but I've only listed books that I have read and believe are distinguished compared to other books published in 2014.

Here are my predictions for the 2015 Youth Media Awards.

Caldecott Medal: The Right Word

Caldecott Honors:
Three Bears in a Boat
The Farmer and the Clown
Little Elliot, Big City

Newbery Medal: Brown Girl Dreaming

Newbery Honors: 
Half a Chance
Arcady's Goal
The Family Romanov
Absolutely Almost
The Night Gardener

Sibert Medal: The Family Romanov

Sibert Honors:
The Port Chicago 50
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Right Word
Neighborhood Sharks

Coretta Scott King Author Award: Brown Girl Dreaming

CSK Author Honors: 
The Crossover
The Madman of Piney Woods

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Firebird

CSK Illustrator Honors:
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Pura Belpre Author Award: Separate is Never Equal

Pura Belpre Illustrator Award: Viva Frida

Schneider Family Book Award: El Deafo

Geisel Award: Hooray for Hat

Geisel Honors: 
My New Friend is So Fun
Number One Sam

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