Of course, what us kidlit enthusiasts are most psyched up for are the announcements of the Youth Media Awards on Monday morning. Here are some of my thoughts on what I hope to see with shiny new stickers on their covers on Monday.
The Big Winner:
This one should come away with more than one sticker. Let's be honest. We're all going to fall over in shock if it doesn't. It should garner a Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery (I'm betting THE Newbery and not an honor), and could even snag a Printz (though that is less likely).
Some other books I would love to see get some Newbery love are:
I hope Alexander also gets a Coretta Scott King (honor probably).
This seems a shoe-in for the Schneider Award and I'm happy with that (I'm not as convinced as others at its chance for the Newbery, but it would be a nice change of pace if it won-again, thinking honor.):
I also have high hopes that Sheinkin will receive all the stickers that can fit on this one:
Most people seem to prefer, or at least like as much, The Family Romanov and I do not understand why at all. For me Port Chicago 50 is far superior, but I predict The Family Romanov will also come away with its share of awards.
I haven't read all the Morris contenders, but that doesn't stop me from picking a favorite anyway (go fantasy!:
As for the Printz Award.....honestly I can never tell with that committee, and my "serious" YA reading was more lacking this year. (I regret nothing.) I can say that I DO NOT want We Were Liars to win. The more time that's past since my reading it, the less I like it. I can count on one hand with fingers left over how many Printz winners I love though, so clearly I'm out of it when it comes to this award. (Jellicoe Road, American Born Chinese, and.........nope, that's it.) I do harbor hopes that this book will get something though I think it's a dark horse:
I REALLY want this to win the Geisel. In my opinion, it is the best Elephant & Piggie since We are in a Book, and is heads above everything else for the category this year:
And as picture books are not my area of expertise, I have no thoughts on the Caldecott whatsoever. (Or any other picture book award contenders.)
What are your favorites to win Monday morning?
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