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Newbery 2008: Why It Could Win / Why It Won’t

In one week’s time the flaming sword of Newbery righteousness shall fall upon us and only the worthy shall be left standing.

Why am I not doing the Caldecott?  Because if you think I’m out to sea in terms of Newbery winners then you have NOOOOO idea how out to sea I am on the Caldecott.

Aw, what the heck.  Here are some Caldecott cuties to keep you amused too:

Let It Shine by Ashley Bryan
Because I personally believe that Caldecott winners should be given the award based entirely on how well they give a speech.  Sure, the book’s very attractive too.  But have you ever seen Mr. Bryan conduct himself in front of an audience?

At Night by Jonathan Bean
I really want The Apple Pie That Papa Baked to win but nobody in the entire world seems to feel the same way about it that I do.

Just don’t ask me to predict the Siebert.  Whoo, mama.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.