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Newbery/Caldecott 2021: Fall Prediction Edition

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that predictions are useless. And yet, we are human. We try anyway. I give this year’s crop of books the once over, and come up with some ideas. Let’s see if you agree.

Newbery/Caldecott 2021: Summer Prediction Edition

If you’re anything like me, 2020 hasn’t been a great year for reading. That’s okay. This isn’t a great list for predicting (but it’s fun). See what may or may not win big in 2021!

Spring Prediction Edition: Newbery / Caldecott 2021

This year’s first round of predictions varies somewhat from those of the past because I am releasing the list in April rather than March. Turns out, pandemics are not good for forecasting. I’ve only just now gotten my head in order enough to try and offer a paltry take on what may or may not have a chance come January.

Hindsight/The Year is 2020: ALA YMA Wrap-Up

The highlights of the 2020 Youth Media Awards.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2020 Caldecott Contenders

If you get your kicks out of Kate and I disagreeing about books, today’s episode may not be for you. Each year I present Kate with 2-3 Caldecott contenders. Which is to say, we discuss books that may or may not win the Caldecott Award (which will be handed out a week from today on […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2020: Final Prediction Edition

I’m changing things up. This year I’m splitting my predictions into three categories: Best Chance, Maybe, and Probably Not. Will doing so make me any more accurate? Only time will tell.

Newbery/Caldecott 2020: Fall Prediction Edition

Do you hear that grinding and clanking of gears? That’s the ALA YMA prediction machines getting ready to blast us with the full force of their knowledge and expertise. Here then, are thoughts on the Newbery/Caldecott announcements coming this January. Whee!

Newbery/Caldecott 2020: Summer Prediction Edition

Let’s go and make predictions that will, in the end, only break our hearts when they turn out to be way off. And yet, there’s is an off chance that one or two of these books really will make it to the finish line. Which ones? Let’s see if you can figure it out . .

Newbery / Caldecott 2020: Spring Prediction Edition

This is roundabout the time of year when I start stretching the old award-season muscles. I’m going to pull out the books for you that I think have a darn good chance. At the very least, they’re contenders, if not outright winners. Something to guide your reading then.

Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2019 Caldecott Contenders

Last year Kate and I discussed three potential Caldecott winners, and two later received medals. This year, Kate and I are discussing Dreamers, Blue, and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. And as per usual, Kate brings up stuff I never considered before. Questions like, how exactly does Penelope Rex eat her classmates so quickly (does she unhinge her jaw?). What does “caminantes” mean? And does the guy in Blue rename his girlfriend’s dog? Stay tuned!

Newbery / Caldecott 2019: Final Prediction Edition

At this point in the proceedings, after doing a mess of reading, and reviewing, and contemplating, and pondering, you have a sense of how the year has shaped up. What kind of an award year will this one be? Will there be a lot of surprises or familiar faces? What are the dark horse candidates? This year, as with every year, I am going to make my predictions.

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: Fall Prediction Edition

Yeah. I have no idea. I kid, I KID! Actually I don’t kid. This year is crazy, people! The books are all over the place. We’re seeing some shockingly strong Nonfiction contenders, and a plethora of good Caldecotts too. Yet, just like last year, the Newbery potential in the middle grade fiction is just okay. […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2019: The Summer Prediction Edition

In just a week’s time librarians will be leaving their homes and gathering in New Orleans for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. While there, they will visit the convention floor where publishers will present a wide array of f&gs and galleys of the upcoming children’s books of 2018. So many lovely links to literature […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2019: Spring Prediction Edition

Happy decade-of-me-doing-this-weird-thing-I-do! That’s right, folks! I’m pleased as punch to announce that as of right now I’ve been making grossly incorrect predictions of the Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Youth Media Awards for a good solid decade. That’s a decade I’ll never get back, by the way. Worth it. As per usual, let’s round-up how […]

Sexual Harassment and Post-ALA YMA 2018 Thoughts (not necessarily at the same time)

Before we begin discussing yesterday’s Youth Media Award announcements, it would be positively ludicrous if I were to say anything on this blog without first directing your attention to an event that almost eclipsed the Award announcements altogether. If you have missed the current #metoo movement within the children’s and young adult literature industry, then […]