Awards Day!

The ALA awards have been announced, and Kids Book A Day predicted…drum roll, please…zero.  Here’s the list.  Okay, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t pick either one, but come on, Newbery committee!  The three honor books are a picture book and two YA books.  Believe me, I’m the last one to begrudge Jason Reynolds a Newbery honor, but Long Way Down features a 15-year-old protagonist contemplating whether or not to murder the guy who killed his brother.  And the protagonist of Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together is a high school junior.  The Printz award was created for books like these!  Tell me what you think in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Awards Day!

  1. I have to say that I am wholly disappointed with the list in general. I cannot remember the year I had so few of the titles in all the awards both gold(first) and honor titles. I’m not sure what to think. The title “Crown” being an honor book in so many lists speaks volumes to me. ☹

    Lisa Hunt, LMS/NBCT 2005-2025
    Apple Creek Elementary, 4103
    Moore Public Schools
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  2. Agreed! I would dearly love to have all the Newbery books, but I cannot add “Long Way Down” or “Piecing Me Together” to my elementary school library. There were so many strong contenders this year, and I feel that some worthy titles were overlooked (as they always are), but to have age-appropriate titles not make the cut and young adult titles be included in the Newbery group just doesn’t make sense to me. To be clear, I loved “Long Way Down” and predicted it would win something in the CSK awards. I never even considered it would be part of the Newbery list.


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