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Thoughts on Newbery: Patrick Ness’s CBAITS

Some of you may bristle (or already have) about this topic, but I think it is one to take very, very seriously. It is Patrick Ness‘s provocative point in his SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Book decision this week about what he has … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: This Year

I’ve been deeply involved with the Newbery award for years, mostly by reading and speculating during a given year and once as a member of the Committee itself.  I’ve enjoyed tremendously advocating for my favorites on this blog, participating in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott

In case you don’t regularly follow Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott, I suggest that if you are interested in the two awards or just in thinking deeply about children’s books, you might want to reconsider. I do know it can … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: The Age Problem

Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen, and books for this entire age range are to be considered.   That is directly from the Newbery criteria and can be one of the hardest to sort … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

Thanks to Travis who drew my attention to the post “The Biebs and Ivan Connection” in which the author points out the new role social media is playing in our book world, noting the way John Schumacher and Colby Sharp … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: My Reactions to the 2013 Newbery Medal and Honors

My good friend fairosa was on this year’s Newbery Committee so I think what was most important for me this morning as I headed into the Seattle Convention Center for the award announcements was that I could feel sincerely happy … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: Tis the Night Before Newbery…

and all through Seattle, not a creature is stirring especially not the tired members of the 2013 Newbery Committee.  To help prepare those not as familiar as others about what to expect tomorrow I’ve written a “Top Ten Things You … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: Ten Books I’d Like to See Recognized this Year

1. Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Back in September I wrote in my review that I was blown away by it.  This is nonfiction thriller writing of the very, very best.  Sheinkin weaves together … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: Focus on the Book…

…not the creator.  Having been on one of the Newberry committees I can say with complete certainty that this is what happens.  Committee members are looking intently at the books through the lens of the official criteria. They absolutely DO … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Newbery: The Problem with Popularity Contests

Popularity is in the eye of the tweeter, facebook-liker, and such.  That is, I do feel that those of us involved in social media can perceive and help foster the perception that particular books are more popular than others.  And … Continue reading

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