I attended the Youth Media Awards press conference. It’s the highlight of the ALA Midwinter Meeting for most – if not all – youth librarians.
I need to do some reading. There were several titles that I wasn’t familiar with that were either award honors or winners.
What I’m exited about:
The Graveyard Book – something that I’ve read (and recently) won the Newbery award!
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady, written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren won an Odyssey honor. I haven’t listened to this book, but I have read it, and did listen to the first Bloody Jack book (it won an Odyssey honor last year). Kellgren wonderfully portrays Jacky’s voice.
Just in Case - illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the winner of the 2009 Belpre Illustrator Award, and a 2009 Belpre Author Honor. While I have yet to read this book, I LOVE Morales work in Los Gatos Black on Halloween (written by Marisa Montes), which was a 2008 Belpre Illustrator Award (2008 Belpre Author Honor).
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is a big winner this year! I love Nelson’s illustrations. This book won the following awards/honors:
- Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
- Coretta Scott King Author Winner
- Robert F. Sibert Medal (for most distinguished informational book for children)
Some links for you:
- http://ala.unikron.com/index.php - supposedly the video is coming.
- For the complete list of winners/honors, check out this press release.