Saturday, January 8, 2011

There's still time to enter!

If you hurry, there's still time to enter my contest!  Here's a link to the details. 

Go on.  What have you got to lose?  And (if you are a US resident and you correctly guess one of the winners) you could win a hardcover book from 2010.  There also may be more than one winner!

For the record, here are my predictions for the awards:

CALDECOTT:   Art & Max by David Wiesner

NEWBERY:  The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

PRINTZ:  Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Of course, uh, aside from last year, I've never managed to guess the winners.

And now, just for fun (no prizes for this), what do you think will win honors? You may guess up to four in each category (in 2008, the Caldecott committee gave out 4 honors; most years the Newbery commitee awards that many too).

Here are my honor guesses:

CALDECOTT HONORS:  City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon Muth
Dark Emperor by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead
Moon Bear by Brenda Guiberson and Ed Young

NEWBERY HONORS: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman

PRINTZ HONORS:  The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Feel free to guess away in the comments for honor books.  But only until midnight on Sunday January 9th.  Awards will be announced by the ALA on Monday morning.

In addition, I hope the Schneider Family Award for the teen book will go to The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk.  And the Sibert Medal should go to The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham. 

Any thoughts on awards other than Newbery, Caldecott, Printz?


  1. I came so close to picking Art and Max. That seems to be the frontrunner (which probably doesn't really mean much, I suppose, since ALA often picks books that don't have a lot of buzz around them). I haven't read Vera Dietz yet but it does seem to have a kind of Printz energy about it. And Before I Fall has been such a huge fan favorite, I wonder if it might get an honor. My favorite middle grade of the year was The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle. It's probably not the kind of book ALA normally honors, but I thought it was delightful. Can't wait till Monday!

  2. Despite my (in)ability to pick winners, I am so glad you ran this contest! I have added a TON of books to my list as I've searched for likely candidates.
    I had a hard time picking between Before I Fall and The Sky is Everywhere, so I will say BIF is an honor book.

  3. Ah yes, Stephanie, I know what you mean. The ALA often picks books that the bookstore didn't even have in stock and that very few people have read.

    Katharine, I HOPE Before I Fall is an Honor book, but as Stephanie says, it's a huge fan favorite and Printz awards rarely seem to go to what's popular.

    We'll find out soon!


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