Tuesday, January 15, 2008

So I had a ton of stuff to do yesterday and . . .

I didn't get to blog about the big ALA Children's Literature Awards yesterday, but in between the errands and appts and having company for dinner (made my famous chicken enchiladas and peach/blackberry cobbler) . . .

I DID get a quick chance to find the awards and realize that I have only read ONE on the list - The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

I'm not familiar with ANY of the other Newbery and Caldecott and Prinz books. Unfortunately. (Because I did not get to cheer or wring my hands in anticipation for any of them).

Fortunately - I now have a whole new list of books to read!

Go straight to the full award list page here: www.ala.org

BUT here's a quick list of the top three awards - and I do know that there are readers of my blog who probably aren't aware yet (cough, cough). Not that I'm going to mention any NAMES.

Hey, enjoy some great books!

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
“Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,” written by Laura Amy Schlitz, is the 2008 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick.

Three Newbery Honor Books were named:
“Elijah of Buxton,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, published by Scholastic;
“The Wednesday Wars,” by Gary D. Schmidt, published by Clarion and
“Feathers,” by Jacqueline Woodson, published by Putnam.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
“The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” illustrated by Brian Selznick, is the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Scholastic.

Four Caldecott Honor Books were named:
“Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine, and published by Scholastic;
“First the Egg,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and published by Roaring Brook/Neal Porter;
“The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain,” illustrated and written by Peter Sís, and published by Farrar/Frances Foster; and “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity,” illustrated and written by Mo Willems, and published by Hyperion.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
“The White Darkness,” by Geraldine McCaughrean, is the 2008 Printz Award winner. The book is published by HarperTempest, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Four Printz Honor Books were named:
“Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet,” by Elizabeth Knox, published by Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux;
“One Whole and Perfect Day,” by Judith Clarke, published by Front Street.
“Repossessed,” by A. M. Jenkins, published by HarperTeen.
“Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath,” by Stephanie Hemphill, published by Alfred A. Knopf


Davis Bigelow said...

Your blog and website look very interesting. I do like the snake skin cover. (As you can see from my artwork, I have a soft spot for native drawing.) I'll have to look for your books on my next library visit. They look interesting and fun. Are you working on a new novel?

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Always working on a new novel! Over and over and over again. I tend to rewrite for years, but I usually put a rewrite aside for awhile, especially if I'm stuck as to how to proceed to make it better and go write my next idea that's teasing me. I'm a fast first-drafter (I've written two novels in a three-week time span before) but a slow reviser.



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