Sunday, January 10, 2016

My ALA Youth Media Predictions

IT'S TIME!  I am running out of hours to furiously finish every 2015 book I wanted to before Monday's ALA Youth Media Awards.  I have to go ahead and commit to my predictions even though I know I haven't read all that I wanted to in order to prepare.  I'm also going slightly overboard on the number of Honors winners in each category, but it's so hard to choose!  And you never know - last year there were 6 Caldecott Honors!  Here we go!
the randolph caldecott medal image
Boats for Papa
I know this might be a sentimental choice, but I thought it was just beautiful!
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
Last Stop on Market Street
Wolfie the Bunny
Yard Sale
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
One of my students put it best: "This book is just beautiful".  It could very well win a Caldecott, also.
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Newbery Medal image
The Seventh Most Important Thing
I loved reading this to myself, aloud, and Skypeing with Shelley Pearsall - beautiful story of redemption!
Sunny Side Up
Lost in the Sun
The War that Saved My Life
Circus Mirandus
A Handful of Stars
printz award
Orbiting Jupiter
Devastatingly beautiful!
All American Boys
Teen Winner
Bone Gap
Middle School Winner
Fish In A Tree
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
pura belpre medal
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Coretta Scott King Book Award
Stella by Starlight
Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Odyssey Award Medal
The Nest
All American Boys
Stonewall medal
Children's and Young Adult Literature
The Marvels
(I wish I had read George by Alex Gino, but I haven't gotten to it yet - lots of buzz about that one!)
There are more awards, but I've run out of steam!  Can't wait to hear what wins tomorrow!!


  1. Great picks! A couple of titles I hadn't heard of! I am so excited!!!

  2. Great picks! A couple of titles I hadn't heard of! I am so excited!!!

  3. Holly,
    You have some titles on your predictions that I hadn't thought of for a particular award. Now I'm doubting my choices! Can't wait until tomorrow!!

  4. I really have not kept up with new books this past year. There are so many here that I want to read.

  5. We have so many of the same books on our lists - Can't wait to hear what wins. We are quite attached to Echo, Sunny side Up, Yard Sale and Float. We will see what happens.

  6. I haven't read all of these books, but I agree with you that the ones I have read should be winners, and more than just with me.

  7. You hit some, Holly. What a surprise with The Last Stop On Market Street, but you have it in one right place. So many wonderful books here. There are a couple I haven't read, but most I have. Your students must have been excited for many, & disappointed in a few.

  8. You did a pretty great job! I'm going to keep this list just to make sure I read them all!
    Happy reading this week :)

  9. So wonderful to see your predictions here and match it with the announced titles a few days back! You were pretty spot on, a great deal of the time! How awesome!