The 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions
The 2012 Youth Media Awards have been bestowed. Let’s chat about the categories that are nearest and dearest to me.
Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Newbery Honor: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Newbery Honor: Breaking Stalinâ€™s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Who knew what was going to happen here? How about Breaking Stalinâ€™s Nose, eh? That one was unexcpected. I havenâ€™t read it, so I canâ€™t say too much other than I like when the Newbery keeps me on my toes. Dead End in Norvelt certainly received a lot of positive attention over the course of the year, but it seemed like more people were championing it as an honor than taking the top slot. Great to see Gantos take the medal. Inside Out and Back Again was the most expected on the list, having won the Nation Book Award and topping just about every best of the year list.
Caldecott Medal: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Caldecott Honor: Blackout by John Rocco
Caldecott Honor: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Caldecott Honor: Me â€¦ Jane by Patrick McDonnell
With Me…Jane and Grandpa Green winning honors, I went 2-5 in my predictions. Itâ€™s safe to say this category was devoid of any major surprises. Blackout was another book that was getting a good dose of attention. Winner A Ball for Daisy was the most unexpected for me, but a sound choice.
Geisel Medal: Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
Geisel Honor: I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
Geisel Honor: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Geisel Honor: See Me Run by Paul Meisel
Two surprises and one non-surprise:
Surprise #1: Seeing I Want My Hat Back turn up here. But it makes sense – the simple, repetitive text is a perfect fit for this beginning reader award.
Surprise #2: The winner, Tales for Picky Very Picky Eaters, caught me off guard. But is was a pleasant surprise – I liked this one quite a bit.
Non-surprise #1: Leading the non-surprises was Mo Willems picking up another (and deserved) Geisel for I Broke My Trunk.
Honoree See Me Run was not on my radar – always fun to have a book to track down.
What was your reaction?
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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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