Today set precedents and broke new ground.
First, can we all just wrap our minds around the fact there is now a book that has both a Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor. Whoever would have imagined????
Every one of the three major awards honored a graphic novel, including the Newbery. A lot of informal discussion and debate over the weekend revolved around what to do about graphic novels. This is a conversation that has been happening for several years now, but the ever growing number of distinguished graphic novels makes in a little more urgent each year. Well, all three committees showed we don't need to do anything. The Newbery committee were all wearing T-shirts that said "Trust the Process" on the back. They proved that we can, indeed, trust that process and now there is a well deserving graphic novel that can proudly display a shiny silver Newbery sticker:
My biggest surprise (only slightly bigger than there only being two Newbery Honors vs six Caldecott) came when Brown Girl Dreaming was announced as the second Honor book. I was so sure it would win even if it wasn't my favorite going in. The announcement of the winner was the best surprise of the day for me. I LOVE The Crossover. I screamed so loud my throat hurt, and, yes, I jumped out of my chair (along with a lot of other people).
Congratulations to all of the winners! Here is a fun video of the phone calls this morning. I love both Kwame Alexander and Dan Santat's reactions.