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IMG_0507[1]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 are a little way into the fiction discussion.  They meet every day of the conference, Friday through  Monday, and their meetings are open.  I stopped in Friday afternoon, as soon as I arrived, as my favorite part of conference is browsing their side table, ladden with all of the books they’re discussion. Here you see just a very small portion of it.  At these discussions, with the audience whispering or texting their own opinions, I’m always reminded of how many truly exceptional books there are each year, for all kinds of readers.  Among them is one Newbery winner, this year, now sealed and delivered.  See you all tomorrow morning.

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. Why is award so early this year?? I’m not done reading!!!

  2. The Notable Discussions are well worth a listen. I have learned a lot when I’ve had the opportunity to attend.

    I’d like to take a moment here on the eve of the big news to thank Nina and Jonathan for yet another thoughtful and comprehensive look at this year’s books. I always learn something from listening in and I’m grateful for all the work that goes into providing this conversation and moderating it so graciously.

    Thank you!

  3. My favorite at MW and Annual is to sit in on BFYA. The discussions are rich and it is fun to see the agree/disagree paddles fly.

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