Here are two conversations that took place in my library:
5th grader: "Mr. Schu, why are you pacing around the library?"
Me: "Today is the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for BOOKS. We find out the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Geisel Award."
5th grader: "Do you think you read all the winners?"
Me: "I read a lot last year. I hope so!"
5th grader: "Good luck, Mr. Schu!"
Me: Thank you!"
5th grader: "Which book won the Newbery Award?
Me: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.
5th grader: "I've never heard of it. Have you read it?"
Me: "I read 50 pages of it a few months ago."
5th grader: "Don't feel bad. You should go home and read."
Me: Thanks! I'm excited to read Moon Over Manifest.________________________________________________________________
Did you watch the webcast of the Youth Media Awards with your students/patrons? We played it for a group of students. I enjoyed seeing their reactions to the winners and answering their questions about the various awards.
Many of the 2011 winners have book trailers. I included a couple author interviews, too. To see the complete list of winners, visit ALA.org.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: Bink and Gollie by Kate Dicamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucilie
Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award : One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Sibert Medal: Kakapo Resuce: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop