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A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery / Caldecott 2012

AllWayAmerica

When you consider the fact that whole hoards of librarians will be traipsing Texas-ward this week so as to attend the Midwinter American Library Association Conference, this post is pretty much coming in at the last possible moment.  Even as we speak committee members are girding their loins (or whatever it is committee members gird) […]

Love It to Death BUT It’ll Never Win a Caldecott

Okay, here’s a thought for you.  Perhaps this is a conversation better suited to Calling Caldecott but I’ve been thinking about those picture books that folks love in a given year but that they know in their heart of hearts will never win a Caldecott Award.  And not because their illustrators aren’t American residents, but […]

The Conundrum of The Secret River

SecretRiver2

Oh, it’s too soon to consider 2012 Caldecott/Newbery books, right?  Of course it is.  Far too soon.  Still in the first flush of the announcements regarding the 2011 winners we should do a bit of maxin’ and relaxin’.  Enjoy some adult literature.  Sip a gimlet and enjoy all that Masterpiece Theater queuing up on our […]

Fusenews: Newbery Fallout

Bizarro

Oh sure, it may seem like everyone’s all smiles and happiness after the recent announcements of the ALA Media awards, but don’t be fooled.  There’s definitely a deep discord of discontent out there.  Funny thing is, it has nothing to do with the books and everything to do with the day after the awards.  For […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011 or Well, How Awesome Was THAT?

Didn’t I TELL you it was a Wild Card Year?  And the truth?  I adore Wild Card Years.  They’re my favorites, and not just because my Newbery year’s committee picked The Higher Power of Lucky either.  The whole reason I like the ALA Media Awards is because right until the last minute anybody can win […]

Fusenews: As one does

NancyDrew

I am writing this post today around 9 p.m. on Sunday.  As such, many of you will read this, knowing full well who the Newbery and Caldecott winners are.  I will be a little behind you in this respect.  Amusingly, I realized too late that I scheduled my latest sonogram for the PRECISE moment the […]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery/Caldecott 2011

citydog

After much consideration and contemplation, I have decided to deal with this year’s final predictions of the Newbery/Caldecott in a cynical manner that’s not too far off from how I chose my Oscar winners.  Which is to say, rather than tote the names I want to win the big ALA Media Awards, I’m going to […]

Can Photos Win Awards?

JT

It’s a simple enough question: Can a picture book illustrated entirely with photographs ever win a Caldecott Medal?* In the history of the Caldecott, a long and distinguished history spanning some seventy-two years, there has never been a Caldecott Award or Honor book comprised solely of photographs.  I would like to be corrected on this […]

Newbery/Caldecott 2011: The Big Questions

a-sick-day

Yes, it’s time yet again to try to figure out what might win this year’s Newbery (for the best written work for children) and Caldecott (for the best illustrated book for children) Awards for 2011.  Let’s try something a little different from Part One and Part Two of this year’s predictionfest.  Now with Heavy Medal […]

Review of the Day: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee By Philip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-402-8 On shelves now Ages 4-8 Sometimes children’s book reviewers bandy about the term “classic” like it was some kind of verbal shuttlecock. There’s nothing that raises the savvy readers’ eyebrows […]