Monday, January 10, 2011

Awards Day (and my reactions to ALA awards)

I just had a fun online experience. I watched the ALA webcast while following the hastag #alamw11 on twitter. It was a little overstimulating but now I know ALL the award winning books. My Caldecott pick, Chalk by Bill Thomson, didn't win. In fact, none of my 2010 favorite books won. And I haven't even read the winners! Oh well!
Here are the Caldecott Honor books 2011
Interrupting Chicken

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Dave the Potter also won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrator.

The Caldecott Medal went to:

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

 Things that excited me:
I was very excited when Tomie dePaola won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award! He is one of my most favorite author/illustrators!!

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)I was also excited that We are in a Book by Mo Williems won an honor in the Geisel awards.
Bink and Gollie (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press))Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo won the Geisel.

One Crazy SummerAnd I felt like One Crazy Summer was a great choice for the Coretta Scott King Award. And I thought it was cute that after this book won, Rita Williams-Garcia's daughter tweeted, "THAT'S MY MOM!!" Sweet.

I now have a lengthy "to-read" list:
For Me:

True Meaning of Smekday, TheThe True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist GroupThey called themselves the KKK
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights MovementSpies of Missippi

Ship BreakerShip Breaker

For the Boys:

Fiesta BabiesFiesta Babies

“Grandma’s Gift,” illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez

You can view all of the winners at ALA. I would recommend that any kid lit lovers try to watch the webcast. It's a lot of fun. Big shout outs go to my boys. Tyson's nap ended just as the announced the last big award! Logan sat right next to me and did pattern blocks and puzzles the whole time. A few times he took a break and we played balloon volleyball while I just listened :)  It's been a fun day!


  1. I haven't read any of the winners here as well. Sick Day looks awesome.

  2. None of these books were on my favorite list either but thanks for the list and I will get around to them in 2011. :) joyce