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The 2014 Youth Media Awards: Things I Love

I love Philadelphia.

I love that they have something called “artisan grilled cheese” there.

I loved discussing picture books with 14 other people who care deeply and are as knowledgeable as the day is long.

I loved making “The Calls”.

I love that the phone we used to make “The Calls” had a random orange sitting behind it.

I love sitting in the third row.

I love the unexpected.

(Navigating Early wins a Printz Honor)

I love these four books.

I love that Locomotive got the biggest ovation of the morning (although I admit I may have been listening with biased ears).

I love that our committee blew train whistles when Locomotive was announced.

I love these tweets.

I love that I can watch it all on video.

I love the name Flora.

I love that Carl Harvey (member of our Caldecott committee) made Caldecott cookies to bring to his school this week.

I love the passion of the kids and adults who really wanted their favorite book to win.

I love that John Schumacher captured this video:

I love the Newbery picks, and especially that The Year of Billy Miller received recognition.

I love that I can now show my students the Caldecott winners (and I love that they picked two of them in their mock Caldecott).

I love this image from the SLJ Post-Game Show. Makes me smile every time I see it.

I love NPR’s piece on the Youth Media Award winners.

I love the video Molly Idle made after winning a Caldecott Honor.

Because I think it’s brave, I love this piece by Don Tate on what it feels like to not win the big awards.

I love that Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did such a fine job interviewing Kate DiCamillo.

I love that I can update my Caldecott Infographic.

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And my Newbery Infographic.

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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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. What I Love: This post!

  2. I love this post! The artisan grilled cheese, the train whistle, the neat perspective on the awards…

  3. Colby Sharp says

    Crazy that E.L. went almost 30 years between awards.

  4. At my library, we had a pizza party for all of the kids who participated in our Mock Caldecott book club. At the beginning of the party, I announced the winners, and when I got to Locomotive, one little guy (maybe three years old) just screamed, “LOCOMOTIVE!” It was his favorite, and hearing that it won really made his day.

  5. All so exciting! Train whistles! And cookies — nice. Misti — whoever you are — I love your story about that happy little guy!

  6. Those whistles were great!

  7. So much to love! Makes me smile! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Where did the train whistles come from? Did you also have a cat in case Wuffles won?