Wednesday, January 16, 2008

newbery winner and honors!

the newbery winners were announced on monday morning along with several other exciting youth media awards. i had the great pleasure, for the second year in a row, of attending the press conference at the ala midwinter meeting (this year in philadelphia). it's really exciting to sit in a room with so many people excited about literature for young people!

anyhow, the newbery winners were especially exciting for me this year since our mock newbery list was so closely aligned with the books the newbery committee selected.

the 2008 newbery winner is:
good masters! sweet ladies! - laura amy schlitz

honor books are:
elijah of buxton - christopher paul curtis
wednesday wars - gary d. schmidt
feathers - jaqueline woodson

congratulations to all the winners and congratulations to the committee!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Mock Newbery Award and Honors

Thank you so much to everyone who came out yesterday. It was a very enjoyable discussion and a successful day! We managed to pick our Mock Newbery winner and three honor books. They are as follows:

Elijah of Buxton - Christopher Paul Curtis

Honor Books:

(alpha by author)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Good Master! Sweet Ladies! - Laura Amy Schlitz
Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt

Can't wait to see what the real Newbery Committee decides!