This year, the all-important Newbery Award and Printz Award will be announced on February 2nd! This award is always announced during the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference. The awards are chosen by librarians who read and read and read all year and then get together to choose the best. The Newbery Award is given to the best book written for children in 2014, and the Printz Award is given to the best book written for yoing adults. "Best" does not mean the book that is the most popular, was made into a movie, or sold the most copies. "Best" means that the book has the highest literary merit.
Last year's Newberry Award winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. I loved this book about comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman who rescues a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner. She is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Last year's Printz Award winner was Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick. Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited--throughout various time periods--by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant.
What books do you think will win this year? Maybe it's a book you've read or, if not, maybe it's a book you'll want to read.
The announcement will be made next Monday, Groundhog Day. I can't wait!