Mrs. C and I were so excited Monday morning! We were each at our own homes, hunkered down in the snowstorm, listening to the live webinar announcing the Youth Services Media Award winners and tweeting back and forth (Mrs. C loves Twitter!). The Youth Services Media Awards is like the Academy Awards for librarians! We get so excited!
I was especially waiting for the final announcement: the Newbery Award that is given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
And the winner is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander!
Twelve-year-old narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. Swish! This book is nothing but net!
Check it out at the library!