Award Thrills and Tears

Admittedly, I am a pretty emotional person.  I tend to be passionate about a lot of things, children’s literature is definitely one of them.  As you know, I live-blogged the awards (I apologize for all the typos but I was going fast).  Here are the moments that got me cheering and teary.



Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor getting Best Middle School book for the Schneider Family Book Award.  Golly, that was so deserved!  I loved this book and felt it had a very important message for so many children. 






Shadra Strickland winning the Coretta Scott King Best New Talent Award for her illustrations in Bird.  Loved them!  The combination of the character’s art with her own, done in two very different but somehow cohesive styles is grand.





Sherman Alexie won the Odyssey Award for his narration of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  An amazing book from an author who is headlining our local Fox Cities Book Festival this April.





The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle winning the author Belpre Award AND a Newbery Honor!  I am so thrilled for this amazing poet who has documented Cuban struggles with such truth and power. 






The joy of seeing fantasy recognized again and again by the awards committees.  But mostly the amazing moment of Neil Gaiman winning the Newbery.  Putting an end to the theory that Newbery Committees do not select titles with kid interest! 




And last, but definitely not least, the amazing KT Horning from the CCBC receiving the Arbuthnot Lecture Award.  What a very deserved honor. 

There are years I am very disappointed by the awards.  Years that I wonder what happened to the books I loved.  This was not one of the them.  Well done!

2009 Newbery Award – Live Blog

Honor Books

The Underneath by Appelt (thought it would win)
The Surrender Tree by Engle (Yes!)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (Yes!)
After Tupac & D Foster by Woodson


The Graveyard Book by Gaiman (Hurrah!!!!!!!!)  (Take that critics of Newbery Awards!) LOL

2009 Caldecott Award – Live Blog

Honor Books

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Frazee (YES!)
How I Learned Geography by Shulevitz
A River of Words by Melissa Sweet


HOuse in the NIght by Krommes (YES! YES!!!!!!!!)

2009 Geisel Award – Live Blog

Beginning Reader Award

Honor Books

Chicken Said Cluck by Grant (YES!)
One Boy by Seeger
Stinky by Davis
Wolfsnail by Campbell


Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems (Of course!  Surprised he didn’t get an honor too!)

2009 Carnegie Medal – Live Blog

Video Award


March On! Produced by Gagne

2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award – Live Blog

Substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature:

Ashley Bryan

2009 Sibert Medal – Live Blog

Informational book award

Honor Books

Bodies from the Ice by James M. Dean
What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley


We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson

2009 Batchelder Award – Live Blog

Honor Books

Garmann’s Summer by Stian Hole
Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis


Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit 

2009 Arbuthnot Lecture Award – Live Blog

Delivered by KT Horning!!!!! Hurrah!

How very very wonderful!!

Congrats KT!