In mid-January librarians wait in anticipation for the American Library Association to announce the winners of the most prestigious awards for children's books. The buzz for which book will win begins in September. Bloggers begin giving their opinions and hoping their favorite title wins.
Here are some blogs that I follow who love to make predictions:
Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes
Betsy Bird at Fuse8
The different awards are:
Randolph Caldecott Medal
John J. Newbery Award
Robert F. Sibert Book Award
For a complete listing of the Book and Media Awards, go here.
To get in the mood for this huge event in the world of children's literature, read as a family one of the previous award winners or honor books. I have many favorites, but Parrots Over Puerto Rico written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth is one that is both visually stunning and well written. "It is the story of the rescue and return of the Puerto Rican parrot, a species once so abundant it blotted out the sun. Through the efforts of a valiant, dedicated and committed team of scientists and island residents the fate of this native bird is now inching out of extinction."
My prediction? I don't usually make any, but I am hoping Winter Bees & other poems of the cold by Joyce Sidman; Illustrated by Rick Allen will sweep all the awards. I want it to win both the Newbery (for writing) and Caldecott (for illustrations). And, if I dream big I hope Winter Bees also wins the Sibert Award (that's for nonfiction).
Stay tuned...Announcements will be made at the American Library Associations Mid-Winter Conference to be held in Chicago, January 30 - February 3, 2015.