Award Announcement Excitement

Tomorrow the ALA media awards will be announced, including the well-known Newbery and Caldecott Medals. I’m definitely planning to watch the webcast.

I think the time posted is wrong. It will start at 7:45 PST, which I believe is 10:45 EST, but it says 11:45 EST. I hope that I am right, because if it starts at 11:45, I will have to get to work.

I posted my Newbery predictions below, under my post on 2011 plans. Today I went to a meeting of the DC KidLit Book Club (for adults who love children’s books), and we talked about Caldecott possibilities. The discussion got me behind a book I’d already looked at recently, because it’s on the Cybils shortlist: Chalk, by Bill Thomson. It is truly a brilliant book, and Pam Coughlan of Mother Reader pointed out that all the exquisite illustrations are hand-done, not computer generated. And what’s nice is that it isn’t only pretty pictures — they tell a compelling and excellent story.

So we shall see.

I do love it that the country is talking about children’s books for awhile when the awards are announced. I wonder how many authors and illustrators will sleep with a phone right by their beds tonight?

Oh, check this fun poem by Susan Kusel about the anticipation!

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