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Excitement... tears... questioning... surprise...
All emotions that went through me as I watched the ALA Youth Media Awards yesterday morning. I enjoy watching many of the music award shows. I rarely watch the Emmy's or the Globes, etc because rarely have I seen the movies they are talking about or the TV shows. For me, the YMA's are the awards to watch!
And this year was even more special because this was the year "I got it". I have been reading kid lit for years. And years and years. Last January, was the first time I watched the show live. Many of the awards were unfamiliar to me. Many new titles that went on my TBR list. This year, I felt confident that I had read most of the award winning titles. In fact, I only have 1 completely new title to go find - the YA Schneider Award, Girls Like Us. I have a few I need to read - I'll Give You the Sun, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, How It Went Down, This One Summer, Grasshopper Jungle, Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page and the Newbery winner, The Crossover.
I was so thrilled to hear Beetle by Dan Santat won the Caldecott. I still remember sitting down reading it for the first time. I always treasure that first read. The first interaction with print. The first time looking through the illustrations. It was a book that I knew would stick with me, one that I wanted to share, one that I knew we would be talking about for awhile. I've admired Dan Santat's work for some time now, so happy for him.
Cece Bell's book El Deafo is special to me for many reasons. I have throughly enjoyed meeting Cece several times now, and I'm just thrilled for her to receive the Newbery Honor.
Tears of joy!
I questioned the number of Newbery Honors. This seemed to be the year of amazing kid lit. I was extremely surprised to not see more books recognized with the Honor award - can we say Night Gardener?? Snicker?? 14th Goldfish?? At least one of them!
I was surprised to hear The Crossover announced. It has definitely received some book love in the blogging world, so I know it's good. I have a new book going on my TBR list, for sure! I checked it out at the library once, but never had time to go back to it. I'll be looking for it with some shiny stickers on it to add to my collection!
I was surprised to hear the number of Caldecott Honors, but thrilled at the same time! So happy to see some wonderful books recognized - yea for Lauren Castillo and Jon Klassen!
It was a Snow Day, so we'll be reliving all of the excitement at school today. I know the kids are going to be really excited to hear Beekle and El Deafo winning their awards!
I wonder what will win next year? I wonder if we've even heard the title yet?