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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 ask all along, now’s the time!

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


  1. Thanks again, so much, for doing this you two! And it was great to meet you at ALA, Jonathan, and talk again with you, Nina! You do a great job with this blog, building up our frenzy for the awards. Okay, this year I hadn’t read any of the Newbery honorees — but that wasn’t your fault! We had talked about them, so I had heard of them and knew something about them.

  2. I don’t want to blow my own horn, but I believe I “do” a better Piggie and Gerald than Mo.

  3. In reading the SLJ interviews with Gantos and Raschka, I noticed they were at home or studio when they received the call about winning. I would have thought that their publishers might have had them at their ALA booths, along with other authors of 2011 books. Is this the norm?

  4. Susan, I think that traditionally the Mid-Winter has had fewer authors in attendance. I think that is at least partly because the librarians and publishers want to concentrate on other business at this conference. As an author, I am really glad there’s no tradition of bringing the potential winners to the conference so they can all stand around trying not to look chagrinned when they don’t get an award.

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