>In anticipation of the Big Banquet a week from Sunday, I’m giving you an early look at Mind the Gap, our annual list of those books snubbed by the ALA Awards. Okay, snubbed is harsh–overlooked? Dismissed? Ignored? (For the literalists: we know that not all of our choices were eligible, but we’re still coming to boil your bunny.)
Mind the Gap will appear in our July/August issue devoted to the ALA awards (because, despite our most strident cavils, those awards do more than anything to keep children’s books good and honest). The whole issue is a treat (it’s also the biggest we’ve published since I’ve been here), with essays on the year’s contenders by Deborah Stevenson and Vicky Smith; K.T. Horning on Newbery secrets; Megan Lambert and Leonard Marcus on the Caldecott Honor honorees; editor Patti Gauch on how to write a Newbery winner; and Robin Smith on the rewards of award committeeship. PLUS the acceptance speeches and profiles of the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Wilder and Coretta Scott King awards.
And oh-wait-there’s-more: I asked a couple of dozen colleagues to name their choices for the books most significantly overlooked by the awards through the years. I told them not to pick Tuck Everlasting as I was afraid they all would; even so, one book received four nominations. You can read all about it when the issue is published: Monday morning, June 27th, at ALA in New Orleans. Come by the booth and get a copy!