Thursday, January 06, 2011

Books I Hope Win Awards

There are so many great books from 2010, that I can't possibly choose the one book I hope to win the Caldecott and Newbery medals. This is a list of books I've loved that seem like contenders.  I'd be happy if any of these books won an award. They are all deserving.  There are others too but these are the ones that come to mind first.


Caldecott
Chalk
A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Deborah Frasier
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
All Things Bright and Beautiful by Ashley Bryant
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn Singer
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Stead


Newbery
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

13 comments:

  1. A good listing and likely to have a few of the winners among them. I'm thinking Keeper or One Crazy Summer for Newbery, Chalk stands out for Caldecott as being visually stunning. I'm also rooting for Flora's Very Windy Day - maybe as an honors.

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  2. OK, just added seven more books to my TBR pile!

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  3. After reading your list, I have even more books to put on hold at the library!

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  4. After reading your list I realize that I need to put my list up, too!

    ;-)

    (things keep falling off the edge of my plate...)

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  5. One thing that I love about the lists posted on Reading Year is that it points me to great books that I haven't read, like Out of my Mind. Keeper and Touch Blue are also on my "hope they win" lists, along with One Crazy Summer (love love love this book). Have not yet read some of the picture books, but am looking forward to trying them out with my daughters, ages 3 and 1, this year. Happy Friday!

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  6. They just did! Call them the "Frankis" and you 500+ followers will probably spread the word as effectively (and probably more so) than many other children's awards (of which I didn't really realize there are so many!)

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  7. I like your lists and am pulling for many of them as well. Can't wait to hear the news on Monday!

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  8. Chalk and Mirror, Mirror are two of my favorites from this year. I read Touch Blue over Christmas break & it makes me want to live on a small community island! Franny from Countdown became my hands-down FAVORITE book character when I read that last spring. She nestled herself right in my heart.

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  9. Great lists... though is there really not a single book by a male author that's worthy of the Newbery this year? It's rare that a guy gets to go on about something like this, but really? Nothing? Not that I can quibble with your choices - the ones I've read on that list are certainly worthy. I'm just saying....

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  10. Good question. You're right. Maybe it is just something I need to reflect on--maybe I read more middle grade books by female auhtors? Hmmm. I will have to refect. Although honestly, I have been watching lots of Mock Newbery groups and haven't seen many on mock lists this year by male authors. Card Turner by Louis Sachar but I haven't read that. Interesting insight.

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  11. Good question. You're right. Maybe it is just something I need to reflect on--maybe I read more middle grade books by female auhtors? Hmmm. I will have to refect. Although honestly, I have been watching lots of Mock Newbery groups and haven't seen many on mock lists this year by male authors. Card Turner by Louis Sachar but I haven't read that. Interesting insight.

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  12. I think that you may well have picked a winner in these lists, but I don't know that students will like the books. Can't see any 12-year-old liking Keeper!

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  13. I would love to see Keeper win. My 11 year old daughter read Keeper this summer and she LOVED it. I think the idea of the mermaid hooked her at the beginning and then the story and the characters pulled her in. I haven't had any students read it though.

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