It’s the canning season, a fully post-Harry Potter world, and I’m ready to tear in and talk awards. Happily this year, we’ve got company at the Horn Book: Calling Caldecott.
But here is where Jonathan and I, and you, start to look at possible contenders for the Newbery award. Recall that the award discussions are confidential, and while Jonathan and I have both served on this committee in previous years, we have no idea what the real contenders are. As evidenced last year.
Done this before? Need some dusting off? Here’s some basics.
The Newbery home page has links to just about everything you need, including the all important:
The official announcements will be made at the Youth Media Awards Press Conference on Monday January 23, 2012 in Dallas at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Our Heavy Medal mock elections will take place between New Years and the official announcement, with a combination of online voting and a live mock election.
What do you think Jonathan and I should be considering for our mock shortlist? Remember that we’ll be rigorous about the criteria, and that for us the fun is in exercising those criteria as much as the prediction. We’ll be looking for contenders in the full 0-14 age range, all genres and formats, keeping popularity and didactic intent off this table, and looking for examples of “distinguished contributions to American literature for children” published in the US, by US citizens or residents, in 2011. Keep posting your suggestions at 2012 Newbery Reading List and we’ll get out of the gate.