You wanted to know, didn’t you?
We are thrilled at the nomination of Someday My Printz Will Come for the Edublogs 2011 Best New Blog category! If you haven’t already checked out all of the nominees, please do so–we are in amazing company, and many of my daily reads are there. I feel a bit verklempt. Thank you, readers, who keep us honest and engage in conversation. We couldn’t do it without you!
Big shoutouts to fellow SLJ bloggers: Betsy Bird (A Fuse #8 Production) in the Best Individual Blogs category; Angela Carstensen/Adult Books 4 Teens in the Best Library/Librarian Blog category; and Joyce Valenza (Neverending Search) in BOTH categories and Lifetime Achievement!
If I missed anyone over here, let me know. Now, click through and start reading all those other blogs, and come back later today for Sarah on Where Things Come Back.
That pile? That’s what it looks like when you are on a committee. Every day.
(I still reflexively check every package that arrives at school, conditioned by years of book committees. I think I got hooked on the rush. The packages are rarely for me anymore, but somehow, two years later, I still live in a constant state of anticipation.)
But with so much great material flowing in, plus even more out there waiting to be discovered, how on earth does one ever decide what to read?
Well, you can be a passive committee member and just wait for feedback from the rest of the committee. Or you can read whatever you want to read and just hope something great pops up. Or you can apply the super scientific method (there’s lots of science in this post!) and create spreadsheets and lists and notebooks, oh my.
Once upon a time there was a Newbery blog, which discussed contenders both real and mock. And people loved it. (They still do: head here to see for yourself, unless you came from there, in which case, pull up a chair! Stay!). But some of those readers wanted something a little different. For those who wanted picture books and a discussion as much about the art as the language, Calling Caldecott came along to keep them reading and discussing happily into the future. Others of those readers served teens, and they wondered where they should go for the Printz speculation. And lo! Along came their Printz Charming, smiling and nodding and speculating, with reference to the criteria and eligibility.
So that’s it, the story of where we came from and what we’re doing. Both of us have served on the Printz Committee, and while no two committees are ever the same, we do have a sense of how this crazy process works (really well, in case you wondered). So here’s how it’s going to go: we’re going to read. We’re going to write. We’re going to scour other blogs, bookstores, review journals, and our friend’s and colleague’s brains. And each week we’ll talk about some of this year’s eligible titles, or the conversations around those titles. We’ll do our best to bring you the kinds of conversations and reflections committee members might be having. Hopefully, you’ll join the conversation too!
Welcome to Someday my Printz Will Come! Join us as we kiss—I mean read!—all the frogs in the pond.