It's about eight hours until the announcement of the American Library Association's youth media awards. Excitement is in the air here at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Who will the Caldecott? Who will win the Newbery? (Who will win the other 16 awards being handed out?)
I've been making predictions for the past several years, and I've got to say this is a particularly tricky year. Obviously, every year is completely up in the air, but some years are a bit more predictable than others.
This isn't one of those years.
I'll throw out some names for the Caldecott:
-Balloons Over Broadway
and some for the Newbery:
-A Monster Calls
-Inside Out and Back Again
-Our Only May Amelia
-Shades of Gray
but honestly, I think it's anyone's ball game. I think it's going to be one of those years where the winners are announced, and everyone at the press conference whispers to their neighbor: "What? What was that book?"
You may notice that I left the presumptive Newbery favorite Okay for Now off my list. I think it's a wonderful but flawed book.... and while I'd be delighted to see it win, I just don't think it's going to make it. Also, I put Wonderstruck only on the Caldecott list, because I think the illustrations are far and away the strongest part of the book.
We shall see. It could very well be none of the ones I listed above. Whatever it is, I can't wait to find out.