Every year, I like to make a Top Ten list that summarizes my year. All of these have shown up in my life this year.
Top Ten Ways You Know You’re a Youth Services Librarian at Heart:
10. The only movie you’ve seen this year was the final Harry Potter film.
9. You can’t stop checking out picture books, even though your own kids are way past that age.
8. A highlight of your year was when, on vacation, your 17-year-old son read aloud to you from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.
7. You have taken telecourses about the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards.
6. You are blazing fast reading Fox in Socks.
5. You are unable to refrain from collecting Advance Reader Copies at ALA Annual Conference, even though you’ve recently suffered a major neck injury and can barely carry them all.
4. You have lists of Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Medal predictions and hopes.
3. You’re over the moon when you get a picture with Gary Schmidt (who wrote your top pick for the 2012 Newbery Medal, see #4).
2. You attend KidLitCon in Seattle, for KidLit bloggers, and instantly discover a multitude of kindred spirits.
1. You’re already planning to buy a table at the 2012 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet in Anaheim and began a year in advance trying to talk your siblings into attending.