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Last Stop On Market Street


CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him.  CJ’s questions are familiar, and Nana answers him with gentle wisdom.  Right up until their arrival at the last stop on Market Street, Nana guides CJ […]

Everything Is Awesome!

Everything is awesome!  To find out–and discuss–just how awesome, check back here later in the morning . . . Link to live webcast is here. Medal: LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET Honor: THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE Honor: ROLLER GIRL Honor: ECHO Please share your thoughts on the winning titles and the YMAs in […]

When it Rains


It’s drizzling in Boston, and various award committee members are peppering social media with “we’re done!”  They’re turning in their draft press releases, and the ALA Press office takes over until the unveling tomorrow morning. So we wait.  This afternoon I’ll be sitting in again on the Notable Children’s Book Discussions, where I hear they […]

Also Truly Distinguished

From time to time, we have talked about the process for selecting honor books.  There is always great interest in why the number of honor books varies from year to year, and that was especially true this past year when the Newbery committee selected 2 honor books, while the Caldecott selected 6 honor books.  I’d […]

Online Mock Winners!


MEDAL                   HONOR                   HONOR                   HONOR                   Here is the point breakdown.  You can see that ECHO actually had more 1st place […]

Oakland Mock Results!

Ballot 1

We had a wonderful Mock Newbery discussion Sunday afternoon, with 20 in attendance, and 15 voting (who had read all nine titles).  Yet…we ran short of time to come to a conclusive consensus.  We took 3 ballots over the course of 45 minutes, and then just called time.  Here’s how it went. Ballot 1 All […]

Online Mock Newbery

Something weird happened.  Knowing I was going to be out of town during the holidays, I wrote my last couple of posts and scheduled them.  I wrote one about picture books, specifically THE SKUNK and IT’S ONLY STANLEY, that should have posted this morning.  Try as I might, I cannot figure out what happened to […]


As I get ready for the Oakland Mock Newbery this coming Sunday, I’m thinking of the members of the many actual award committees, also doing some final re-reading and considering before they head to Boston to huddle in.  They meet for two full days, as many hours as they can squeeze in, and deliver their […]

Newbery Nonfiction


We’ve discussed some nonfiction titles in depth already, namely our shortlisted titles MOST DANGEROUS, DROWNED CITY, and RHYTHM RIDE.  We also briefly discussed THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER (although I think it’s worthier of an extended conversation). However, those are far from the only worthy nonfiction titles to consider this year.  The additional titles below […]



I’m still desperately plowing through other Newbery contenders before we reach ALA Midwinter and the Youth Media Awards announcement. I just finished THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste…cannot remember who mentioned this to me but it was on my hold list.  While I don’t know this would make it into my top 10, I would have certainly […]