Yes, it’s 6 am and I’m posting, because I actually managed to wake myself up by 4:45 to watch the Youth Media Awards webcast AND get an order in before the library catalog went down! I feel so accomplished…and tired. It looks like all the results are up on the individual award pages already – nice and quick.
It seems like ALA finally managed to get a large enough webcast – or whatever you call it when you can let enough people watch it at once. I got kicked out during the Batchelder announcements and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get back in, but no problems. Two years ago, the last time I tried to watch it live, there was no room at the inn. My only moment of panic was when I went to the bookmarked page and was told that I needed Windows Media Player to watch it – which I didn’t have installed. A little advance warning would be nice for that sort of thing, especially since the placeholder website had been up for quite a while. Fortunately I only missed a couple minutes waiting for the download, and got on just in time for the Schneider.
Nothing shocking this year for the Newbery or Caldecott – the only thing I had to order for my library was a second copy of When You Reach Me. We even already had a second copy of The Lion and the Mouse – it was an accidental duplicate, since one librarian ordered it for picture books and another for the folk tale collection, and I remember saying, “hey, maybe it’ll win the Caldecott and we’ll already have our second copy!” But I’m happy for more than budgetary reasons – it’s a stunner. And I certainly can’t argue with WYRM, although The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate getting an honor seemed more iffy and was therefore more exciting.
And non-fiction seemed nicely represented across the board. Claudette Colvin kind of cleaned up, with a Sibert honor and Newbery honor on top of that National Book Award. The Coretta Scott King author award went to Bad News for Outlaws, the Edwards went to Jim Murphy (I had a little fan girl moment there), Charles and Emma got a Printz honor, We Are the Ship got an Odyssey honor, there were a few bios on the Belpre list…
And YA! I’ve always said that the Printz is unpredictable – or at least it always surprises me. Last year – well, 2009 was a golden year for the Printz. I knew and loved every title on that list. This year, the only two I’ve read are Charles and Emma and Tales of the Madman Underground, and I’m pleased to see both of them on the list. I suppose now I’ll have to grit my teeth and read The Monstrumologist (it sounds good, but not my thing – look at that cover!) And Punkzilla hadn’t been on my radar at all (side note – two YA books mentioning Portland and meth in the awards this year – Flash Burnout is the other. We’re going to get a great image this way). Going Bovine – interesting choice! I’ve heard lots of love for it, but also some meh.
I was pleasantly surprised that my library owns all but 9 of the juvenile titles that got awards or honors (there was a lot of the YA that we didn’t own, but that’s not my department, and I didn’t order the audio books because we do that separately). I can’t take credit for many of them, since I came in halfway through the year, but I was quite pleased when I recognized all of the Batchelder titles. Big Wolf and Little Wolf was one of my favorite quirky picture books of the year, and I can take credit for ordering the three fiction titles on the list – Eidi, Moribito II, and A Faraway Island (the winner). Now I just need to actually read them.
Now, breakfast and coffee or a nap?