Yes, I’m alive and still reading, although you wouldn’t know it from this blog. I’m weeks – WEEKS – away from being a real librarian, if the Lord is willing and the creeks don’t rise (or whatever that saying is). Actually, there is a creek nearby that flooded recently, and floods closed off parts of I-5 a few weeks ago and made it tricky for many of my fellow future-librarians to get to residencies in Seattle. Fortunately I did not have to go up this quarter (100% online classes), and the nearby creek was is no danger of flooding my house.
Hmm, was I going somewhere with that? I went to all these fabulous mock awards workshops recently (you know how I love mock awards) – a Printz and a Caldecott. And the real announcements are only a few days away! And then we can start making predictions for next year! Just kidding. If I weren’t exhausted and lazy, I’d get up off the couch and find the lists of what we voted for. Instead I’ll just try to remember.
Winner: Silent Music
Honors: A River of Words, What to do About Alice, and Wabi Sabi
Silent Music and A River of Words were very close in points, which would of course not fly in the real committee. Silent Music didn’t really grab me, but I liked all the others (and swooned a little over various illustrations in Wabi Sabi and A River of Words).
Winner: Little Brother
Honors: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and My Most Excellent Year
Frankie was my personal favorite from the bunch we read – although not my favorite for the award – so I was pleased to see she did well. I certainly liked the others, but I don’t know how well their literary merit would stand up for the committee. They’re definitely all good books, though, and highly recommendable.
My reading has been pretty sluggish lately – I feel like I’m plodding through things even though I like them – like Eva Ibbotson’s latest, The Dragonfly Pool, and now Evil Genius. Usually when I’m supposed to be doing classwork, I fly through books and can’t put them down. Very curious.