Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Newbery, Caldecott, and a Faux Pas

by Stacey

The Pulitzers of children's books were announced this week, and the Newbery winner, Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, was tweeted about by an insider at Random House 17 minutes before the award was officially revealed. Oops. Such is the danger of the digital age. The post was taken down almost as soon as it was put up, and Random House has been quiet about the culprit.

The Caldecott for best illustrated book goes to Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless picture book.

If any of you blog readers have read or seen either of these and want to share your thoughts, we'd love to hear them!


  1. I absolutely LOVED Stead's WHEN YOU REACH ME. Almost as much as I was irritated that she totally blows the plot for A WRINKLE IN TIME.

  2. I was taken aback more than halfway through the book, when I found out it has some cross-genre/sci-fi thing going. But I continued to read because I had invested quite a bit of emotion into Miranda and gang. Also, I wanted to see how the many unusual and quirky events fit together. After I finished reading, I realized I loved it. It is a book in which characters are treated with respect and compassion, including the apparent bad/weird guys: the boy who punched Sal, the Kicking Man, Sal (for pulling away from Miranda so abruptly). It was a book that is well-written and a book with a big heart.

  3. I really liked WHEN YOU REACH ME. I haven't read the other one yet, but it's one of my favorite fables.

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