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Notable Books Discussion

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While the award committees doors are locked, the “media evaluation” committees such as Notables Books, Notable Recordings, YALSA’s BBFA, etc., are open. Here’s the Notable Books committee, discussing in front of an attentive audience, including many editors and publishers who wait patiently to hear the books they worked so hard over publicly praised and pulled [...]

Chilly Philly

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I’m here in Philadelphia, just diving in to the conference, but the Newbery Committee is well into their first full day of discussion! After a dinner break, they’ll keep on going. And yes, the door is locked.

Virtual Winners

We had 76 voters which is about 5 times the size of the real committee.  Our results are followed by some analysis.   THE THING ABOUT LUCK . . . 16 (1st) + 6 (2nd) + 3 (3rd) = 88 points FAR FAR AWAY . . . 9 (1st) + 8 (2nd) + 8 (3rd) [...]

Other outliers?

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At the end of this week the committees will start their discussions.  What haven’t we covered enough yet? I want to highlight one other Best Books Outlier, Tim Tingle’s HOW I BECAME A GHOST: A CHOCTAW TRAILS OF TEARS STORY, which showed up on Kirkus’ Best list, and also got a strong review from Horn Book.  It bears an [...]

Calling the Virtual Mock Supercommittee!

It’s time for our virtual edition of the Mock Newbery!  We’ll declare a winner and honor books after the first ballot so it won’t really be very similar to what the real committee will be doing, but it will still be a lot of fun, and that’s what counts, right?  What follows is the list [...]

Heading for Philadelphia?

Monica Edinger and I are scheming for a Battle of the Kids Books / HeavyMedal happy hour on Saturday the 25th, 5pm, likely at the bar in the Marriott. Join us? If we can get a vague headcount we will try to make arrangements and confirm time/location in the comments here. Update; as you’ll see [...]

Nina’s Outliers

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The days grow short and there are still many contenders out there!  Here’s a mash-up on a couple of worthy titles we haven’t talked about yet. Tanya Lee Stone’s COURAGE HAS NO COLOR is a finalist for the YALSA Nonfiction Award,  is on the discussion list for the ALSC Notable Children’s books, and was on [...]

2013 Best Book Outliers

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You’ll recall my Best Books Overlap post which demonstrates the way that Booklist, the Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly have already come to a kind of consensus.  But each journal champions books that the others do not, and they are not necessarily any less distinguished because of it.  Earlier this [...]

Oakland Winners

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And…we have totally different results than Jonathan’s group.  After 3 ballots: Mock Newbery Medal THE THING ABOUT LUCK Mock Newbery Honors We ran out of time to finish this, but were likely headed to a final Honors ballot. Definitely on it would have been CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP, which was tied neck and neck [...]

San Diego Winners

Seven people met at our very first San Diego Mock Newbery, and our results were as follows– Newbery Medal THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP by Kathi Appelt Newbery Honor ERUPTION! by Elizabeth Rusch We had our winner on our first ballot, and this is how the voting went. CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING [...]