The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions
The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me.
Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin
Honor: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
I stood up for this one. While John Schumacher and I named The One and Only Ivan our favorite book of 2012, and I was more confident than usual that it would get its name called, I thought it would be for Newbery Honor. It was a thrill to see Ivan take the gold seal. But maybe even better than hearing that the book won was watching Mr. Schu’s wonderfully awestruck, tear-filled reaction. And it was a good day for BOMB, which pulled in the Sibert medal and YALSA nonfiction honor as well.
Caldecott Medal: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Honor: Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Honor: Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Honor: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Honor: One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
Honor: Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue
When it was announced there would be five Caldecott honors, there was some serious crowd reaction. Rightfully so – five honor winners has only happened one other time in the last 20 years. They chose well. Jon Klassen took the day by winning the Caldecott medal and an honor in the same year – a feat that has only happened one other time in the history of the award (Leonard Weisgard in 1947). And how about One Cool Friend, eh? If you saw my mock Caldecott results, you know students were keen on this one – so pleased to see it win an honor. Sleep Like a Tiger was the surprise of this group – I can’t recall seeing this pop up on any prediction list. A surprise is always good.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal: Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long
Honor: Let’s Go For a Drive! by Mo Willems
Honor: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
Honor: Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
I love this group of winners. I never reviewed Up! Tall! and High!, but I loved it. I know Mo Willems has won a million of these things, but as long as he keeps making books as good as Let’s Go for a Drive the man deserves it each and every time. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons! Anyone who’s been near kids in the last couple years can attest to the fact that Pete is an absolute read aloud lock. I love that this award will add some critical respect to a book that kids are going nuts for. And I couldn’t be more pleased to see Rabbit & Robot get some hardware.
A Few Additional Random Thoughts
I was surprised to find the awards over with nary a mention of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. I thought it was a lock for the Schneider and a possibility for Newbery. Ah well, I guess it just has to live with the unending love of readers far and wide and weekly appearances on the New York Times best seller list.
You couldn’t really tell on the webcast (from what I hear), but they turned on these spinning red lights when the winners were announced. We were informed it was called a “ballyhoo”, and it was awesome. When I become director of the YMAs, use of this sort of thrilling lighting will only increase.
Funny and unpredictable, YALSA president Jack Martin stole the show. He announced all the young adult awards and brought the energy. That sound you hear is thousands of librarians simultaneously wanting to become his friend. Seriously, can we get this guy to announce every year? Or at least give an opening monologue? “Well, folks, it’s been another great year in children’s literature”, before launching into a few zingers? All I’m saying is…think about it ALA.
It was a great morning. What did you think?
And there are excellent recaps elsewhere…
George’s Favorite Tooth returns with the funniest recap you’re likely to find.
A Fuse #8 Production says exactly what I would say about This Is Not My Hat vs. Extra Yarn.
Educating Alice gives us her thoughtful recap.
Chasing Ray gives a 22 point analysis of the whole ALA Midwinter weekend
Watch. Connect. Read. gives a thank you to the Newbery committee (and is giving away the winner).
Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog gives a short and sweet reaction.
Abby (the) Librarian gives here thoughts.
ShelfTalker provides their reactions.
A Year of Reading talks about their Newbery surprises.
Great Kid Books tells about librarians gone wild.
Calling Caldecott was watching from the other coast.
Delightful Children’s Books gets in on the action.
Any more to add? Let me know in the comments.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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