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Librarians, Picture Books, and Snacks!

Post by Kathy Stewart
Posted January 29, 2014 in Kids & Book News, NoveList K-8 Plus

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Sense a theme here? NoveList librarians love to talk books! Part of the fun of our December Picture Book Workshop (where we schooled non-juvenile staff on key components of this beloved staple of children's lit) on things like design, interplay of art and text, and genre headings. And, of course, Caldecott predictions were part of the discussion.

So imagine how much fun we had during the streaming of the Youth Media Awards! Here's a cross-section of our predictions:

"I was also pretty stoked about the Newbery for Flora & Ulysses, and really pleased to see One Came Home on the honor book list.  I correctly predicted (a first for me!) three out of the four Caldecott books, even though I'd pegged Journey for the win.  And A Splash of Red got a lot of love around our office, so it was great to see it recognized by both the Sibert and Schneider committees." 
-- Rebecca Honeycutt

"I was delighted to see Theodore Taylor III recognized with the John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in When The Beat Was Born."
-- Autumn Winters 

"Delighted to see Parrots Over Puerto Rico win the Sibert Informational Book Award. Love those gloriously colorful collage illustrations and the very accessible writing. Fascinating story of a species that almost became extinct."
-- Nancy Margolin

"Well, I think there was an audible 'Whoop!' from me at the E&P honor. I do think Counting by 7s was a real miss and I (and others) would have thought at least an honor. I was very happy about Flora & Ulysses, I think I've written about that book a lot this year, but the kid appeal is just so high. I predicted that this would get something in the Newbery category, so wonderful that it won."
-- Beth Gerall

"Glad that the Newbery committee did not hold a previous win against Kate DiCamillo, I loved Flora & Ulysses. Given her other main characters like the mouse hero Despereaux, who else but DiCamillo could dream up a superhero (and poet) squirrel?!"
-- Lisa Chandek-Stark

"I thoroughly enjoyed Flora & Ulysses but my actual Newbery pick was The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Thrilled that Kevin Henkes got Award committee love!"
-- Kathy Stewart