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2013 Newbery Reading List

Here are some of the more promising candidates for the 2013 Newbery Medal.  Some of the starred review information may quickly become outdated–if it isn’t already. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate (three stars) is a novel in prose poems with rich themes. DRAGONSWOOD by Janet Lee Carey (two stars) is a sequel to the […]

Red Letter Day?

So: I’ve finally finished reading, and rereading, our medal and honor books. Jonathan has pointed out that no one should be that surprised to see DEAD END IN NORVELT and INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN “stickered,” since each had previously been so… Gantos winning the Scott O’Dell award, and Lai the National Book Award. But […]

Shelf of Shame

Is there a Newbery book that you’re ashamed to admit that you haven’t read yet?  Perhaps one that is considered a classic?  That everyone else seems to have read but you?  Don’t we all have these books on our own personal shelf of shame?  Now some of you are more ambitious about your goals, like Colby Sharp […]

Reactions from the Honorees

Some of the honorees of the Youth Media Awards have been posting video reactions.  Here’s Elephant and Piggie: Jonathan and I have a few more things to say this season (yes, including our thoughts on “Breaking Stalin’s Nose”)…but we’ll be wrapping up early next week. So if there’s anything else you’ve been too shy to […]

Susan Cooper

I don’t have very many vivid recollections from my childhood, but I do remember being in the sixth grade, going to the school library, browsing the shelves, and pulling THE GREY KING off–I remember all of that very vividly with precise sensory details.  By then, I had developed the knack for sniffing out fantasy without asking […]


The uncorrected version of the 2012 Notables list is now up here The Notables list is considered a gathering of “the best of the best” of the year: “”notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable […]

Dead End in Dallas!

While DEAD END IN NORVELT wasn’t on our shortlist, the book earned three starred reviews, made three best of the year lists, and won the Scott O’Dell Award.  We had a running conversation about the book here and here and here.  Similarly, we did not include INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN despite the fact that it […]

The Announcements

You’ll get a more thoughtful post from Jonathan soon, but here’s something quick from the floor so you all can begin commenting. Remeber that your resource page for all the award winners is Sharon McKellar and I are here with Monica Edinger. We passed the closed Starbicks (7:30? come on, don’t they know what […]

Breakfast of Consensus

I just breakfasted next to a Newbery committee member who was feeding and bolting to her 8am meeting.  They met all day yesterday, and will again all day today, and by the end (“10pm” is often wishful thinking on Saturday) may have a winner.  Sunday, if they’re on schedule, is for preparing press releases and […]

Last Chance Workout

Well, I’m here in Dallas now.  Here are some final thoughts to mull over this weekend . . . During our mock Newbery, I voted the same way on all three ballots: 1. AMELIA LOST  2. I BROKE MY TRUNK!  3. SIR GAWAIN.  Since I clearly thought AMELIA LOST was the most distinguished that claimed my first […]