This is the first year in a while that I am allowed to publicly give my predictions for the Youth Media Awards. I did so well with my Caldecott predictions the last two years, guys. You’re just going to have to believe me. You can ask my friends who were on notables with me. I got the winner right both years, and most of the honors.
I didn’t do so good with Newbery last year. I had read them all, but didn’t pick the winners correctly. I don’t really feel any more confident this year.
I’ll start with my 2019 Caldecott predictions since I feel better about those.
I love this book so much. I originally had it as my winner, and that would still make me very happy, but after discussing the books with my students, and weighing the merits, I feel like a different book is a tiny bit more deserving.
This one could win it all. It’s the right book at the right time. It’s a beautiful book, too.
This one is solidly in my honors column.
My students loved this one. I like it an awful lot, too.
What a terrifically well-done book. The grandfather and grandson, can’t communicate with words, so the illustrations carry most of the weight of the storytelling, and what a phenomenal job they do! Santat illustrates in two different styles (one for the grandfather and one for the son) and both are terrific.
And on to the Newbery!
Like I said, I don’t feel so confident about predicting this year’s Newbery winner. Right after notables I was in a reading funk for a few weeks, so I didn’t read quite as much as usual. What I’m going to do is show you 8 books that I read and loved that I feel are Newbery-worthy. If any of them get an honor or the medal, I will consider it a win.
2019 Newbery prediction (Hopefully it’s one of these):
Out of all of these, it would make me happiest if Auxier won it for Sweep, so I guess I’ll say that is my prediction for the winner.
You can watch the awards next Monday at 11:00 eastern, here. I will have a class, so for the first time in years, I won’t be able to watch live, but I will be celebrating with everyone a few hours later. Don’t text me or message me with spoilers!