And the Winners Are….
(This post is now updated from the earlier placeholder.)
People, I don’t know quite how to start on how groundbreaking today’s announcement are, in many different ways, but I want to thank both the Newbery and Caldecott Committees in particular for making bold choices that will end up changing the way we all talk about these awards. With a graphic novel on the Honor roll for each (EL DEAFO for Newbery, THIS ONE SUMMER for Caldecott), it is now indisputable that this format has a firm place in both award categories.
Some other differences this year…
The Caldecott committee selected 6 honors. Committees can select ANY number of honor books, or none, but no one’s gone “6” for quite a while. And they’ve really pushed the age level question with THIS ONE SUMMER. I think the room was so dumbfounded at the idea of 6 honors that this part hasn’t really sunk in yet. THIS ONE SUMMER is one of my absolute favorite books of the year, and I’m so excited to see it turn up in such an “unlikely” place. Why am I surprised? Jonathan was a member of this year’s Caldecott committee…a pretty stunning group all around.
Poetry. Not only CROSSOVER and BROWN GIRL DREAMING for the Newbery, but also for the CSK along with HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY. And JOSEPHINE for the Sibert honor (and CSK illustrator honor) And, the Pura Belpre author winner and honoree are both poets (Marjorie Agosin and Juan Felipe Herrera). Any other poetry in the awards list? I’m not familiar with all of them…
Diversity. I think this is what people in the room were most attuned to, but while I found it affirming I don’t think it was the most groundbreaking part of these awards. Still, so nice to see so many kinds of diversity expressed in the award categories that are not specifically about diversity…. and to see the Edwards and the Wilder awards each go to an amazing African American book creator (Sharon Draper, and Donald Crews).
What do you think of the choices? Find them at: http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2015/live
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at email@example.com
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