The 2024 Newbery Medal Goes to…THE EYES AND THE IMPOSSIBLE
The 2024 Youth Media Award announcements took place at 8 a.m. CST Monday morning in Baltimore during LibLearnX. Here’s the list of winners. And here’s the full awards press release from ALA. Many Heavy Medal favorites were mentioned but as usual we missed a few. Emily and Steven watched the live webcast and live blogged their reactions, take a look here:
EMILY: Good Morning Steven and everyone! Steven, are you awake yet? Ready for the most exciting powerpoint of the year? Petitioning for afternoon announcements yet?
STEVEN: Afternoon announcements…what a great idea! I’d get that petition going right now if I weren’t so sleepy.
EMILY: It has begun with the announcements from the ALA Pres EMILY! (Not me)
STEVEN: American Indian Youth Literature Award is first.
EMILY: We struggled predicting this one, but you reminded me it’s every two years.
STEVEN: Honor Book BERRY SONG was from last year; that had some support on HM as I recall.
EMILY: I was the BERRY SONG campaigner! Yayy BERRY SONG!!
STEVEN: 7 Honor books in the Middle Grade category! A good sign, I think, that there are more books being published
EMILY: So, we just need to up our reading in this category. #onit
STEVEN: We both liked TWO TRIBES as a possible winner. THe first of many incorrect predictions this morning, for sure…
EMILY: WE STILL BELONG, that did get some early Heavy Medal support this year.
EMILY: Now Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Here’s the love for PARACHUTE KIDS. Ooo and I did enjoy RUBY LOST AND FOUND!
STEVEN: I missed reading RUBY. Great to see PARACHUTE KIDS with an Honor! I bet we’ll see several gn’s getting named this morning in the various awards.
EMILY: OK, Sydney Taylor Time.. Another category we struggled predicting.. HIDDEN HOPE got HM suggestions, but n,o I did not read TWO NEW YEARS
STEVEN: We miss reading a lot of the books that get named in the picture book and young adult categories when the award is divided up that way. Newbery-eligible often, but we lean toward school age stuff…
EMILY: Umm I’m 0 for 5 on reading the middle grade this year… #ouch STEVEN STEVEN IT’S IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE!
STEVEN: Yes! For the Steve Shenkin. Hope to see IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE named later this morning too… Sibert? Newbery?
STEVEN: Yes, maybe the Printz too. Why not? All my favorites should win all the awards.
STEVEN: Schneider Awards are up now. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU was excellent. And HENRY LIKE ALWAYS wins the Young Children award. That was also very good and got some HM suggestions.
EMILY: SIMON is the winner, I didn’t even think of that for this category.
STEVEN: Me neither. And MAUDIE MCGINN, the winner: same thing, I didn’t think of Schneider when I read it. If I’m remembering right, both books had kids who were on the spectrum, but that wasn’t their defining quality. Nice to see them recognized in this way.
STEVEN: Stonewall: Another award where we have so many more published titles to choose from than we once did. So many, in fact, that I’m not familiar with most of the children’s picks.
EMILY: Yep, I think I just need to up my reading in all categories. Should probably start reading 2024 titles yesterday.
STEVEN: I really did think we’d see SONG OF US named as a Stonewall. But obviously the real committees read so much more in their categories than we do
STEVEN: We get a Lifetime Achievement award in the CSK’s this year.
EMILY: CPC wins the CPK! Well deserved Christopher Paul Curtis!
STEVEN: Awesome! I still remember reading THE WATSONS when it first came out…still love that book!
EMILY: Yeah I was in second grade! You?
STEVEN: I knew I shouldn’t have brought that up. In my 30’s…my kids were even too young for it to be a read-aloud for them.
STEVEN: BIG with a CSK Honor for illustrator! Caldecott to come….? And it also won an author Honor in CSK
STEVEN: KIN is a CSK author honor. Very impressive book.
EMILY: Agreed. But where’s my love for FOR LAMB?
STEVEN: There’s still Printz hope for FOR LAMB.
STEVEN: The Alex awards don’t really crossover with Heavy Medal stuff, since they’re for Adult Books for teens. But I do like to see the list and sometimes read a book or two just for fun…
EMILY: Yeah I’ll put a bunch of holds on those sometimes… but then never actually read them…
STEVEN: Me too. In fact I had THE TALK on my shelf for a while last month, but didn’t get to it. In some weird way, I always want to count “I checked it out” as being “I almost read it”…but really either you read it or you didn’t…I didn’t.
STEVEN: Neal Shusterman wins the Margaret Edwards! I’ll show my age again by remembering the time I booktalked THE SHADOW CLUB to some fifth graders and how several of them crossed the street to the library as soon as school let out that day. That must have been year 3 of my librarian career.
EMILY: SCYTHE is one of my favorite of all-time YA trilogies. I took off work so I could read the final one right when it came out. Those were the days…
STEVEN: I’d love to see ONCE THERE WAS get the Morris. They announce the finalists first, then the winner.
STEVEN: It’s REZ BALL instead, which won the AIYL earlier this morning.
STEVEN: The YA Nonfiction award works the same: finalists first, then which one won. I really liked ACCOUNTABLE. Oh, and NEARER MY FREEDOM was fascinating too.
EMILY: When are you gonna be on a nonfiction committee?
STEVEN: I’ve been lucky enough to be on a few book award committees…can’t get too greedy.
EMILY: Printz time! One of the biggies! Let’s do this!!
STEVEN: I’m all about GATHER for this one, but not hopeful…Wait! They just announced it as an Honor! Okay, my morning is officially a good one.
EMILY: A collection of stories as the winner: THE COLLECTORS. I need to read that one STAT. And look at the Printz criteria!!
STEVEN: Yes…we discussed the Newbery and story collections in relation to YOU ARE HERE this year on Heavy Medal (And still can’t say for sure if it’s eligible)
EMILY: ALSC awards time! #kidskidskids AND MEXIKID WINS THE PURA BELPRE! YESS
STEVEN: The Belpre for illustration. But I want more for MEXIKID
STEVEN: ALEBRIJES is a Belpre author Honor. Nice. SOMETHING LIKE HOME was also excellent (another Belpre Honor)
STEVEN: Wow! Author and Illustrator Belpre Medals for MEXIKID. That’s never happened before! What if it wins Newbery too?
EMILY: I’d be so happy.
EMILY: JONDA is here to announce the rest of the ALSC awards. And she’s asking a trick question… dun dun dun
EMILY: I want to go to Kyle Lukoff’s lecture [Children’s Literature Lecture Award winner].
EMILY: I love looking at all the names and seeing my friends. Batchelder committee is a “one day” goal for me. These books are not Newbery eligible in the slightest. Well HOUSES sounds like a great coffee table/ conversation book. I don’t even own a coffee table though…
STEVEN: I’m going to be truly surprised if we don’s see MONA LISA VANISHES on the Sibert list.
EMILY: Picture book heavy so far… But none of my top picks..
STEVEN: JUMPER was a great picture book nonfiction.
STEVEN: MONA LISA wins it! All’s right with the world. For now…
EMILY: I really enjoyed listening to CHINESE MENU as an audio. AND MEXIKID as audio! Love when a graphic novel gets an Odyssey. Ooo STATELESS. Leonard will be happy!
STEVEN: I’ve never listened to a graphic novel. It just doesn’t seem right to not see the pictures…But that’s just me.
STEVEN: EL DEAFO wins the Odyssey. A reminder that the book doesn’t have to be from this year, just the recording.
EMILY: AND a graphic novel winner! Woooooo.
EMILY: Digital media always seems like an interesting around. Cheers to Pam Munoz Ryan for winning the Legacy away.
EMILY: If THE SKULL doesn’t win Geisel, I’m going home.
STEVEN: HENRY LIKE ALWAYS is a Geisel Honor. 2nd honor of the day (it also got a Schneider Honor)
STEVEN: I wonder if tTHE SKULL’s vocabulary was just outside the Geisel range?
EMILy: Ughh, fine. OK time for the biggies. I’m not nervous.
STEVEN: I still think the Caldecott will be BIG…????
EMILY: All good Caldecott titles, and you were RIGHT!
STEVEN: Talk about using illustrations to convey powerful themes….BIG was just great.
EMILY: OH EM GEE FIVE HONORS. EAGLE DRUMS? I’m 0 for 1. I did read ELF DOG!
STEVEN: I also did not read EAGLE DRUMS. I read ELF DOG too. And liked but didn’t love it. Worth a re-read probably.
STEVEN: I’m loving these Honors….
EMILY: SIMON AND SAMIR they got lots of buzz! OH my gosh EYES WON IT ALL. I’M IN SHOCK!!!
STEVEN: Did not expect that…but I love it! A truly uniquely written book. Congratulations Johannes!!! (oh, and the author who created him too.)
EMILY: WELL OK I need some time to sit with these Newbery winners. Like did none of the HMAC’s top five make the list? So many excellent books this year, wow!
STEVEN: We did have 4 books that were discussed pretty heavily on HM. But now I’m realizing: THE LOST YEAR….THE SKULL…HERCULES…not a mention. No nonfiction…
EMILY: Kinda sad actually, n love at all!! But that’s the NEWBERY MADNESS!
STEVEN: True. It’s always strange to see books you’ve rooted for all year wind up with no awards. But they’re still great books. We’d love to here from Heavy Medal readers. Please share your reactions to the Newbery news and any of the other awards…
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About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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