I want to write a separate post, later, about how important it is that a graphic novel won the Newbery award, but for now, I wanted to take a look back and my Newbery/Caldecott/ Geisel predictions post and laugh at myself for being so bad at this.

Newbery:

Winner:

newkid

Honors:

undefeated

scary

home

genesis

How did I do? I got Genesis right as an honor, and I had New Kid as an honor, but I had a big feeling about it. I should have gone with my gut and picked it as the winner, but no Newbery committee had ever awarded  the medal to a graphic novel. I just didn’t go bold enough. 2 out of 5 isn’t bad for my standards, though. There is one I haven’t read, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, and I’m really looking forward to it. It looks like a book that’s really up my alley. (Goes to check the tracking of the package containing this book)

Caldecott: 

Winner:

undefeated

Honors:

Bear

doublebass

goingdownhome

How Did I do? Well………not well. I didn’t get any. These are all amazing books, though. Something I learned while serving on the Notable Children’s Books Committee: I should try to not criticize a group of people who have spent every waking moment of the past year reading and thinking about just about every book that was published in that year. They read and thought about the books that I loved. Someone saw something they didn’t like in them, or saw something better in these books. People have different perspectives.  It didn’t sit that well with me when people criticized or questioned our notables lists. I didn’t say anything out loud or publicly, but we worked so hard ….so very hard. The 2020 Caldecott committee did too. They didn’t pick Saturday, a book that I love, but that takes nothing away from the book. My students will be reading it for years, and I’ll be reading it to groups of kids. The Caldecott selections are outstanding. Thank you for your work, guys.

Geisel:

Winner:

stopbot

Honors:

smell

flubby

bookhog

How did I do?  I got one. I picked Chick and Brain as my winner. That’s still better that I did for Caldecott, right? 🙂 I was especially happy to see my pal, Greg Pizzoli get an honor.

I can’t believe another Youth Media Awards day has come and gone. Congrats to all of the winners! Kevin Henkes got the Legacy Award! How awesome is that?

Thanks to all of the committees. Your work is appreciated. Go catch up on all your favorite movies and TV shows now.