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>Final Reading! for Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards


At the Upper Hudson Library System January 9th YSAC meeting, to which our member libraries are invited, there will be a discussion of potential Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz award books. It won’t be quite the same as a Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery of previous years, but the better part of the meeting to discuss the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz contenders and do a straw vote to come up with our winners. Interested MVLS library staff are welcome to attend and help vote too!

Whether or not you can attend, you may want to prepare for the awards (announced January 26, 2009) by reading as many of the books as you can, which will alert you to the top books of the year and help with readers’ advisory in your libraries. Mary Fellows, UHLS Youth Services Manager invites you to feel free to bring to the meeting other books that you think *should* be on the list. Although the committees consider all eligible books, Mary and I needed to limit our list to a manageable number and it’s been difficult, although we haven’t come to fisticuffs over the lists!

So here are the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz lists.

Newbery contenders to be discussed:
1. Savvy by Ingrid Law
2. Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
3. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
4. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes
7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
8. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
9. Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
10. The Trouble Begins at 8 by Sid Fleischman

Caldecott contenders to be discussed:

1. In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Ill. by Tricia Tusa
2. Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
3. A River of Words by Jennifer Bryant
4. Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
5. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
6. The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie H. Harris, Ill. by Molly Bang
7. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
8. That Book Woman by Heather Henson, Ill. by David Small
9. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek : A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson, Ill. by John Hendrix
10. Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley
11. What to do about Alice? : How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley, Ill. by Edwin Fotheringham,
12. We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
13. Bear’s Picture by Daniel Pinkwater, Ill. by D.B. Johnson
14. Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, Ill. by Matt Tavares
15. Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, Ill. by Ed Young
16. Silent Music by James Rumford
17. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
18. How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
19. Sandy’s Circus by Tanya Lee Stone, Ill. by Boris Kulikov
20. The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

Printz contenders to be discussed:

1. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. Nation by Terry Pratchett
6. Paper Towns by John Green

Happy reading!

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