It’s awards time! Well, mock awards, at least. I have been asked now by three book-y friends what my picks are for the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz awards this year. I love the mock awards because they get me really thinking about the books, and there’s a great deal of cachet if you get them right.
So I’m throwing down the gauntlet to all you avid readers with strong opinions. What do you think will get the nod come January?
I’ll start off:
Newbery: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Caldecott: The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Printz: Wintergirls by Laura Halse Anderson.
Come January, I’ll announce who among our readers got the most right. I’m only going to count the winners, but if you want to list the two to three honor books per category, well, you just go ahead. While I can’t promise a prize, you will get bragging rights and everyone who reads ShelfTalker will think you’re a book whiz with an eye for quality.