The Day After: A Few Random Thoughts on the 2017 Youth Media Awards
- March had its much deserved moment, winning a record four different Youth Media Awards (Printz, Sibert, YALSA Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author). Since I don’t talk about YA on this blog, I haven’t blabbed much about March, but here’s the deal: the whole series is tremendous and should be required reading for all Americans.
- Freedom Over Me for Newbery honor! Good to see that one.
Random Happiness Rankings:
4. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth winning Belpre. This book (and its predecessor) are just wonderfully out there.
3. Cry, Heart, But Never Break winning Batchelder. It’s one of the most beautiful books on loss you’re going to find.
2. Leave Me Alone! winning Caldecott Honor. Humor doesn’t get a whole lot of Caldecott love.
1. We Are Growing! winning Geisel. Feeling a lot of Michigander pride in Laurie Keller.
- My proudest achievement so far on this blog is correctly predicting Go, Otto, Go and Good Night Owl as a Geisel Honors.
- My second proudest achievement is going 3 for 4 with my Caldecott picks. Mark my words: I will never do that good again in my life.
- Is Du Iz Tak? the first book to win a Youth Media Award that isn’t in English?
- Some Writer! didn’t make an appearance. This is surprising.
- You know who did pretty good on her Newbery predictions?
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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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