As Franki reminded us all last week, predicting the Newbery was the reason this blog was born 4 years ago.
We started by trying to predict the winner.
That devolved to having read the winner.
Then we decided that it was good enough to have the winner in our Amazon shopping cart.
Last year, Franki and a few other people around here had read The Graveyard Book, even though it wasn't necessarily their pick for the winner.
This year, Bill and Karen at Literate Lives are putting us to shame with their series of Newbery posts.
Here are my favorite books of 2009. I'd be happy if any of them won!
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
The Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graf
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (I'm glad it already won a shiny sticker!)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Mare's War by Tanita Davis
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
Last year was the first year I ventured into Caldecott territory, when I was cheering for River of Words from the moment I set eyes on it. Because of that one "honorable" pick, I'll give it a try again this year. Here are some of my favorite picture books for 2009:
The Lion and the Mouse, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
14 Cows for America, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales
All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Day is Done, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Tsunami, illustrated by Ed Young