For those of you less nerdy than me, today was the big morning for children and young adult book awards (I hope you’re less nerdy than me, because I’m actually shaking with excitement). I was following it on Twitter and refreshing it every few seconds. It was WAY exciting.
Newbery Winner: The Graveyard Book (if it can manage to stay on the library shelf until this evening, I’ll be picking it up tonight!)
The Underneath (tolerated this, but didn’t love it)
Savvy (yay! I loved this book!)
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (never heard of it)
After Tupac and D Foster (also never heard of this book, although I know of the author)
Caldecott Winner: The House in the Night(I’ve read this and everyone has been buzzing about it for months, but really, I’m surprised that it won).Caldecott Honors:
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (never heard of it. Loser).
How I Learned Geography (another one I’ve never seen or heard of. Minus a hundred).
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (I LOVED this book and when we did our mock Caldecott last semester, I nominated this one. It is SO good).
Printz Winner: Jellicoe Road (haven’t read it, but have heard good things about it)Printz Honors:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves (may have won solely on the basis of having the longest name ever; I read the first one and didn’t love it, so I have no intentions of reading this one).
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (If you don’t know how much I love this book, you clearly haven’t been paying attention).
Nation (Can’t wait to read this one – it’s been on about fifty bazillion lists).
Tender Morsels (I’ve seen this around a lot, but I don’t know much about it).
Also, A Curse Dark as Gold won the Morris award. Hooray!!!!
Please tell me I wasn’t the only one that has been waiting for this all dang year. Time to go to the library and max out my card. Also time to start the countdown for 2010.