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What’s a partridge in the hand worth?

It’s officially winter, time to bundle up for the final stretch, and time to make lists.

The unstoppable Fuse8 does some statistical analysis on all the Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott shortlists out there. 

Roger comments on the "long view" of the Newbery…and lets on that he thinks five of our eight shortlisted titles are ringers. Such a tease–he’ll never say which.

Remember to chime in at Sharon’s last post with your favorite Newbery title of the past.

And it’s only a couple of weeks to our discussion! Get that reading done, and let us know if you’re coming.

Finally, remember to take it easy. This is not an easy end-of-the-year year. My to-do list today includes watching caroling preschoolers in the library.  A local CDC teacher brings her class every year. The repetoire is unchanging, and includes an enactment of The Twelve Days of Christmas that involves hands flapping from raised derrieres for "Three French Hens" and a Hula/Macarena hybrid for "Nine Ladies Dancing."  It makes my day, once a year, and this year I’m banking on it.

Nina Lindsay 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

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