Monday, January 18, 2010

The 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards

Well, everyone, they are finally up! I was, in fact, far far FAR too lazy to get up at six in the godforsaken morning to haul myself out of bed to be down there in person-- hell, I was even too tired to watch them IN BED on my laptop-- but I couldn't be happier with the results!

When You Reach Me winning the Newbery comes as a surprise to no one and is so wonderfully well deserved. I really adored this book and I feel immediately confident that kids who pick it up because of this medal will simply fall in love with it.

Likewise, I am absolutely thrilled for Libba Bray! It's a bit of a switch-up for me to have a horse I'm rooting for in the Newbery race, but no idea what's going to win the Printz, but that's definitely how it was this year. Going Bovine's win is entirely unexpected-- and I'm not the only one surprised. According to the compendium made over at Youth Services Corner blog, it made it onto 3 Mock Printz lists, and it won honors in none of them. Marcelo in the Real World, on the other hand, was considered in 15 different mock competitions, and received honors in many of them, but didn't even get an honor from the ALA. Meanwhile, I don't know that I've heard of any of the other books that were awarded. Selfishly, I find this very exciting-- it means I can still get Marcelo from the lirbary easily, and it means maybe I have even more YA books to check out. In an especially lucky turn of events, I even OWN an ARC of Going Bovine and can start it immediately. By which I mean right after I finish Will Grayson, Will Grayson :)

Beyond these two major awards, I found a host of smaller things to be excited about. Primary among them was the inclusion of Soulless by Gail Carriger as one of the 10 best books published for adults with teen audience appeal. As I am essentially a teen myself in my reading habits, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular book published for adults and think many other teens will as well.

What about you guys? What do you think of the major awards? Were there any smaller wins that you're excited about? Anything overlooked that you're heartbroken by?


kristin said...

I'm excited to add a few books I've never even heard of to my TBR list (referring to the Printz winners in particular). And I'm super-frustrated with the ALA website for not having the winners listed concisely in a press release yet -- or for making it so hard to find said list, if it exists.

kristin said...

My bad, just found it here!

Amanda said...

thanks for posting about this, margaret. i too am excited for some new titles to put on my tbr list. i was thrilled that punkzilla got an honor and SO EXCITED for going bovine. more on all this later. thanks for getting us started.

Danielle E. Brown said...

Sadly, I haven't read any of the awardees yet, but I just added a few to my list of books to be read!