Newbery/Caldecott 2012: Checking In
While I like to leave the early Newbery and Caldecott award predictions to those bold enough to make them (Fuse #8 Production, I like your gumption, kid), I do like to survey the landscape early on for books that might be in the discussion come January. One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is through the mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads. These lists are created and voted on by members of this social network for readers. While they will likely change as more votes are placed, let’s take a look at the leaders as they currently stand:
(Click the list names to see all the nominated books)
Okay for Now is a definite frontrunner. While some of these titles may drop off the radar a bit come Fall, I think we can be fairly certain that Gary D. Schmidt’s latest will be a contender.
One through four, check, check, check, and check. I’ve read and loved all of them. I still need to get my hands on Joe Louis, but Kadir Nelson’s rep speaks for itself – amazing artwork is his M.O. I’m a big fan of Perfect Square and Queen of the Falls, which show up later in this list – I expect them to begin creeping up as the year progresses.
Any to add?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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