If you're familiar with my path to librarian and blogger began with my search for Newbery winners before they were announced. You may also know that I don't have a very strong track record for having read the award winners before they are announced. All of that being said, I feel pretty good about my chances this year, unless some dark horse candidate, way out of left field is named on Monday, I'm hoping that I will have read several of them this year.
On a quick look around today I counted the number of times books were mentioned in actual prediction posts, it was a pretty unscientific poll, and I didn't dig too deep, the three most often mentioned, were When You Reach Me, I read that, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, didn't read that, and Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, didn't read that.
However, none of those make my prediction list this year. I'm limiting myself to 5, just like a did with the Caldecott predictions and I'm not naming a winner, I'll call it a success one of my titles wins a medal regardless of color. So here we go:
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor
OK, I'm going to allow myself one dark horse pick because after re-reading my review on Thursday I remembered how much I really liked the book and the way it was written.
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
So there they are, I've put myself out there, feel free to leave a comment and do the same. Honestly, I won't be too disappointed if none of my picks win, I'll just be happy if I can say, "Oh, yeah, I read that.".........
Yeah, right! Those of you that know me, know what I really want to say is, "OH, YEAH! I KNEW IT! I PICKED THAT ONE 6 MONTHS AGO! YES!"