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It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.
- Katherine Patterson
It was a good day to remember, and those of us who are readers and teachers, will remember it and keep reading. Those of us who are writers will smile and be happy for those who were celebrated with such fanfare today, the day of the ALA youth media awards. And we will continue to give book love to all those other books who aren’t going to wear shiny medals on their covers-so, so many wonderful ones, too!
Our own school Newbery club readers met for the celebration today, and because we are two hours behind, the awards had already been announced so we were unable to watch. The archive hadn’t come up yet. We’ve been meeting at lunch every couple of weeks since September, and had about ten students at any one time, but six consistently showing up, and reading at least one book a week, if not more than one. They are 10 or 11 years old, and avid readers and book talkers. We had a wonderful meeting this morning, first announcing our own vote results, then announcing the Newbery and the Caldecott winners, and later sharing the other awards too.
Our vote: Newbery: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein with honors to The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes and Twerp by Mark Goldblatt. Some were disappointed that all our books didn’t win, but excited that one did.
Here are the official Newbery winners: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. Four Honor Books were also named: Doll Bones,” by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, One Came Home by Amy Timberlake and Paperboy by Vince Vawter.
I had previously gathered the numerous bookmarks I’ve been given or purchased through the years, bought donuts on the way to work, and joined our librarian and her assistant with the group. The bookmarks have been sitting in a drawer for a long while and I thought such a dedicated group deserved a special bookmark, and they loved looking and choosing. I’m sorry I didn’t think to take a picture of everyone with their favorite books and bookmarks!
The exclamation point of the day: Everyone was sad to go, and one asked why we couldn’t continue to read and meet at least as often to talk over the books and share? Of course we were thrilled, and said we’d get back to them with times! Hurrah for readers!
I hope all of you enjoyed hearing about the awards, and have favorites that were awarded, and favorites that are still close to your hearts. As I began, it was a good day to remember!