ALA Midwinter

January 8th, 2009 • Kate

I’m a little late with my blog post for the day, but I was busy earlier making plans for a little wine reception I’m hosting with fellow Denver agent Kristin Nelson for the editors and librarians who’ll be coming to town later this month for ALA Midwinter. If you’re an editor or librarian who’s going to be in town, we’d love to see you! Email me for the details.
If not, there’s still fun to be had. ALA Midwinter is, after all, where the final decisions are made and the winners revealed for the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Awards, among others (I’m highlighting the ones I’m most interested in). The Newbery Medal “honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Caldecott “honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” While the Printz “is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.”
So, using those as guidelines, who do you think is deserving of an award this year? There’s lots of chatter on the internets already about Mock Newbery awards and such (Fuse Number 8 has a good compilation of some of the suggested lists.)
I’m gunning for Ellen Booraem’s The Unnameables to win something, but perhaps I’m biased. What are your picks?

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3 Responses to “ALA Midwinter”

  1. jeanoram Says:

    I’m out of the YA loop these days, no longer being a librarian and all. The Unnameables is the only YA I read this year, so go The Unnameables. I did like it quite a bit. It had something other YA novels don’t have.

  2. lotusloquax Says:

    I haven’t read The Unnameables, but it looks good. One of the next on my TBR shelf is The Hunger Games and I think it has a good chance. There are so many amazing authors–former winners–in the running.

  3. Christy Says:

    I’m jealous. Wish I was there. Haven’t read Unnameables, but it’s on my list.