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We interrupt our usual year-end post schedule with some breaking news: This will be the last season for the Someday My Printz Will Come blog.

While we are incredibly sad about this, it’s not a permanent goodbye. The SLJ folks have assured us of their continuing commitment to YA award coverage, and we like talking books to much to ever really stop. So while we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we’re sure good things will come.

We’ll have more, and more sentimental, thoughts after these last few days of the season — but for now, we need to write up our annual pick and predictions post, so get started thinking about yours, and tomorrow we will all speculate wildly once again! And since this is IT, let’s really make the conversation sizzle.


Karyn and Sarah and Joy

About Karyn Silverman

Karyn Silverman is the High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (say that ten times fast!). Karyn has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. She has reviewed for Kirkus and School Library Journal. She has a lot of opinions about almost everything, as long as all the things are books. Said opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, YALSA or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @InfoWitch or e-mail her at karynsilverman at gmail dot com.



  2. Why is it that so many blogs with good commenting and coverage are closing down while others (not to be named) with no responses just keep going? Especially for teens. It is very discouraging.

  3. Thank you ladies for your hard work over the years. I have really enjoyed your blog.

  4. That’s so disappointing. I hope the year round discussion of possible titles does continue. I depend on this–and Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott–with collection development so that I’m not surprised on Youth Media Awards day. I hope we don’t read the same for Heavy Medal, but with this news and the Battle of the Books not coming back–I’m concerned.

    • Yep, this blog is one of my go-tos for collection development. This is really disappointing. Or, if I can just borrow Mimi’s reaction:


    • This is so sad!
      And the Battle of the Books isn’t coming back either?!?
      And neither is Adult Books 4 Teens?
      What’s going on?

  5. Thank you all so much for years of hard work. Even if I don’t comment very often, I read every post and always look forward to the analysis and insight.

  6. NOOO. And also WHY?

    It’s a terrible news:(

  7. I am beyond grateful for everything you all have taught me about in depth analysis of young adult literature and the Printz process. While I am indeed very sad to hear that this particular project will be coming to a close, I hope it opens up new possibilities for you all to read with a wider variety of lenses and to take on other projects. You will be greatly missed. Thank you.

  8. So sad! I COUNT on this blog to keep me up to date with what’s going on in YA, because I so rarely have the time to buckle down and read ALL TEH BOOKS. And I also count on it for recommendations. I hope the future holds something just as exciting for you both – thank you!

  9. WAAAAAH! And BOO. And thank you for your service.

  10. Cecilia Cackley says

    What Marjorie said.

  11. Meredith Burton says

    Oh dear! I will miss you all. Even if I don’t comment often, I enjoy reading your posts and the book reviews and analysis. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to post this year about The Language of Thorns. Best wishes with all your future endeavors.

  12. Argh. What was SLJ thinking? You three add so much to the discussion and write such thoughtful and expert posts. I am angry right now. And sad. Thank you for making this a wonderful space for the many years you’ve been at it.

  13. Stacy Dillon says

    Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication over the years. I have loved reading all of the smarty pants analysis of some of my favorite (and not so favorite 🙂 ) YA books!

  14. This saddens me greatly. I think this just means I will have to make an effort to come to book club more frequently (aka at all these days). Much love to you all and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for you all. I imagine it will be amazing.

  15. This is such a disappointment!

    Thank you for always putting up such thoughtful and helpful posts; they’ve helped me not only with collection development, but also with being able to better critique and evaluate titles. You will be sorely missed.

    And because Mimi summed it up quite well, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

  16. This news is disheartening. I’ve used the Someday My Printz Will Come as the basis for reading and purchasing books for my high school library. I so appreciate the hours of reading and analysis that has made this blog so great. SLJ probably needs to reassess their direction. Karen, Sarah amd Joy, I wish you well. Your dedication to YA Literature has been inspiring,

  17. Barbara Gogan says

    I’m so sad to hear this news about so many blogs not returning. I go to these many times per week and then turn to other articles in SLJ. Without them I don’t know if I’ll be reading SLJ anymore.

    Thank you for all your hard work!

  18. Candace Reeder says

    I will really miss reading your thoughtful and considerate analysis of teen books. I have shared this blog over the years with many youth services librarians as a valuable resource. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise for so long.

  19. Thank you for all you have done to shine a light on books for teens, and for your honest and passionate discussions. I have read your posts through the years and they have pushed me as a writer and as a reader.

  20. Dana Berglund says

    This is so disappointing to hear! I’ve been a lurker for years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning from your thoughts and recommendations. I think the loss of this blog will leave a huge hole in YA literature conversation. Thank you for your work, your number crunching, your thoughts, and your collective heart. I hope other great things are in store for all of you.

  21. Oh no, this is shocking! So sorry to see you go and you will be much missed by all.

  22. Oh no! This is terrible news. Your blog was definitely one of my favorite ways to keep up with the best in YA publishing. Thank you all for your hard work. You will truly be missed!

  23. How on earth did I miss this post?! I’ve been checking in pretty much every week, looking for this blog to start up again… and… well…

    Gosh darn it, SLJ! To echo what another commenter said, there are blogs that get little to no traffic, and they still chug along. But closing down this one is a slap in the face.

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