Saturday, January 19, 2008

What controversy?

Surviving a hectic first week of classes filled with signing course "add" slips and my first evening shift, following busy ALA midwinter meeting travel, has kept me from posting about the meetings let alone talk about the ALA book awards. I spoke with several children's literature professors who were relishing the opportunity of controversy surrounding the Caldecott Award; but it has been minimal to non-existent. There has been discussion concerning the size of Hugo and YA appeal/readership, it was on the YALSA best books short/long list, but the worthiness of the illustrations for Caldecott recognition is wondrously absent (with good reason, have you seen the illustrations in this book? STUNNING!) Unless there is undue talk after the dust has settled, seems it was much ado about nothing.

Publisher's Weekly, specifically The Children's Book Shelf, posted interviews with Selznick and Schlitz regarding their wins; Selznick and Schlitz Discuss Their Award-Winning Books. Additionally, PW has an interesting piece from the book store prospective; Booksellers React to Top Children's Prizes.

I have yet to read the Newbery winner, our copy is out and a second copy on order, my thoughts regarding it are moot.

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