As we all await the announcements of the ALA book awards from the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on January 23rd, don’t miss the betting and brawling at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal, scoping out all things Newbery. Both blogs seem to have done their darnedest to appraise all likely contenders, but let’s not forget last year’s winners, A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Moon over Manifest, both of which flew under the radar all the way home. Awards must honor an odd paradox: to maintain our interest and their integrity, the choices have to be both surprising and just. Not easy.
P.S. Don’t forget that you will be able to watch the award announcements live at 8:45 AM EST on the 23rd. Visit ALSC for details about the webcast.
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