Nerd’s Christmas

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.

So, for 2009. . .cue your drumrolling. . .

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!)

Newbery Honors:
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.

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  1. I’m not surprised a house in the dark won- oh I follow some of these books- it’s the teacher in me- thanks for the updates!

  2. Thanks, Janssen. I’ll have to order some of these through interlibrary loan. According to an inside source, evidently my prediction that our local library is dying may be all too true. It is truly sad when the really small (600 people or less) towns around us get more financial support for their libraries than we do.

  3. One of my favorites was from last year–The Wednesday Wars. I’ve added The Graveyard Book to my list of must-reads!

  4. Thanks for the info Janssen. BTW, I am currently in the middle of Graceling, your book pick for Very Bookish. Wow. It certainly is a page turner. I am enjoying this one.

  5. Hi Janssen! I’m a new reader, but I had to comment on this list because I’m the same way when it comes to book awards. I *adored* the Disreputable History of FLB and I can’t wait to get my hands on Nation.

  6. You were the only one waiting for this all dang year…

    Instead of me waiting all year, all I have to do is read your post and go get a bunch of good books! Thanks

  7. ha ha! you’re such a cute little nerd! i love it! the world needs more people like you. i was at the bookstore today wandering around the kids/YA section and i was thinking of you! 🙂

  8. haha that made me laugh. i had no idea when they came out with the newberry book awards, although i usually love reading them. i’m glad you recommend good ones so I know some good books to read

  9. I’ve already got them on reserve from the library. Did you end up getting the Graveyard Book or was it snatched up? I thought of you while in Vegas, even though you weren’t there.

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