Here I will share my hopes for this year's winners. (NOT PREDICTIONS. Hopes.) This is an odd year for me. I find myself with no book I absolutely want to win the Newbery this year. Much to my dismay there are more books I have a fervent desire to see NOT win. I don't know if this is due to my massive reading slump this year (or if the books are the cause of the reading slump). It's possibly due to the some of the stuff I've seen go down in the wider community this year. Last year's awards were amazing. All of the committees thought outside the box and there was so much diversity. I'm almost scared Monday will see us take a huge step backwards. Hopefully not.
My Dark Horse Contenders (I don't know that anyone has mentioned either as a contender, but both deserve more acclaim than I've seen them get.):
In the end all six of these may be too hopeful for the award I often refer to as the Printz Award for the Dark and Depressing.
THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD:
My top pick would be for Jason Reynolds to win for author. He had two amazing books this year, one he was co-author of, but still. Even with just The Boy in the Black Suit, he deserves it.
Other strong contenders:
THE PURA BELPRÉ AWARD:
For Author I want Daniel José Older to win.
THE SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD
This is one of my favorite awards to hear announced every year because it is often a delightful surprise. I feel like most of the books I read this year that would be logical choices felt problematic in one way or another though. For teen winner you could make a case for Bone Gap. But my favorite would be:
There are a couple of MG books that may cause me to throw something hard if they win. (Hey, remember that year the committee didn't award a book because they said none were worthy? That was awesome.)
I can't comment on the Sibert because I didn't read any non-fiction this year. *hangs head in shame* It was a rough year for me reading-wise!!! I do have Most Dangerous on hold at the library and it's a Steve Sheinkin book so the chances of it winning something are high.
I also have no thoughts on the Caldecott or Geisel because I have not the expertise for those.
Does anyone else have any thoughts or hopes they want to share with me?