Monthly Archives: September 2016

August 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicSomeday My Printz Will Come is back with their initial list of contenders so I highly recommend popping on over there to see what they’ve got on the radar. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from August journals have been entered. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite for your own personal contender list!

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

139 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-7, 4 stars-40, 3 stars-88). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 1 of the 5 star books is too young, 12 of the 4 star books are too young, 38 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 86 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 4 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely

List Two (42 titles):
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 4 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

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National Book Award Longlist

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Yesterday the Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature was announced. It’s interesting to me to think about how the criteria for the National Book Award stacks up against the criteria for the Newbery and Printz and against the number of starred reviews. Here’s a closer look.

Eligibility: The National Book Award pulls from titles published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. I believe all of the ALA Awards, but definitely the Newbery and Printz, pull from the previous calendar year. So the 2016 National Book Award lists compare best to the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards, but they don’t overlap completely.

Beyond publication date the only stated criteria for the National Book Award that I can find is that it must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher. This is actually stricter than the Newbery criteria which also allows for authors who are United States residents, but not citizens, and far stricter than the Printz criteria which only requires that a book be designated as Young Adult, available in print and distributed through a US publishing house.

Criteria: Other than that, the process is pretty vague leading me to wonder if each year the new committee gets to define their own criteria. If anyone else can find something similar to the Newbery Manual on the National Book website, please let me know!

Judges: This year, the Young People’s Literature judges are: William Alexander, Valerie Lewis, Ellen Oh, Katherine Paterson, and Laura Ruby. Per the SLJ post, they selected the longlist from 326 submissions.

The National Book Foundation also puts some pretty stringent conditions on the publishers who submit books. There’s a small fee to submit titles and if a title gets named as a Finalist? They must agree to “contribute $3,000 toward a promotional campaign…($750 for presses with income of under $10 million).” I don’t work for a publishing house, so I don’t know for sure, but I would suspect this means that they are choosy about what they submit meaning there are lower chances for outliers. Since the Foundation returned to having a youth award in 1996, I don’t think there’s been a single picture book or easy reader named. A tiny bit of poetry and a generous sprinkling of non-fiction are included, but the lion’s share of honored titles are novels.

So how does the 2016 Longlist fare with starred reviews and eligibility for the Newbery and Printz? For starters none of the four books that have received 6 starred reviews (so far) was a likely contender and none made the list. Frances Hardinge is British which knocks out The Lie Tree and both School’s First Day of School and Thunder Boy Jr. are picture books. I thought maybe Jazz Day had a chance, but no dice. Let’s analyze the titles that did make the list!

bookedAlexander, Kwame. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. April 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; author is a previous winner
Printz: a little young for the Printz but within the criteria
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; SLJ reviewed it positively, but did not star it.

raymienightingaleDiCamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. Candlewick. April 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; author is a previous winner
Printz: a little young for the Printz but within the criteria
Stars: One of only two of the books with 5 starred reviews to make the longlist – despite some others that I thought would be likely NBA contenders like The Passion of Dolssa. Starred reviews are from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star.

march_book_threeLewis, John and Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf. August 2016.
Newbery: Probably too old; plus it’s the third in a trilogy which lowers its chances
Printz: right in the age range and they’ve honored sequels and graphic novels before.
Stars: 5 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book (not in the spreadsheet yet ’cause it’s in the Sep/Oct issue and I haven’t started entering September yet), Kirkus, Publishers Weekly (but in their adult section) and School Library Journal. The Bulletin has not yet reviewed this one – I’m not sure they’ve actually reviewed any of the March graphic novels.

whentheseaturnedtosilverLin, Grace. When the Sea Turned to Silver. Little, Brown. October 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender; previous honor for author; Can it escape the curse of being a “companion book”?
Printz: barely touches the Printz age range – not likely
Stars: 5 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed this, but it’s a later pub date, so they’re probably coming.

when_the_moon_was_oursMcLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne. October 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender; previous Morris honor
Stars: 2 starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, but it hasn’t been reviewed at all by Booklist, the Bulletin, Horn Book or Publishers Weekly yet, so there may be more to come.

burnbabyburnMedina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. March 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; Publishers Weekly reviewed it with no star.

paxPennypacker, Sara. Pax. illustrated by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. February 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender
Printz: barely touches the age range – unlikely
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The Bulletin recommended it without a star; the Horn Book reviewed it with no star.

ghostReynolds, Jason. Ghost. Simon & Shuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. August 2016.
Newbery: traditional contender
Printz: bottom of the age range
Stars: 4 starred reviews from Booklist (Sep – not in spreadsheet), Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal (Sep – not in spreadsheet). Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

sachikoStelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. Carolrhoda. October 2016.
Newbery: non-fiction so less likely, but right in the age range
Printz: non-fiction has not been doing well lately
Stars: 2 starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal – both in September issues. Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviewed with no stars. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

sun_is_also_a_starYoon, Nicola. The Sun Is Also a Star. Random House/Delacorte. November 2016.
Newbery: upper age range; unlikely
Printz: traditional contender
Stars: 3 starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly (Sep – not in spreadsheet). School Library Journal reviewed without a star. Neither the Bulletin nor the Horn Book has reviewed it.

A few things to note:

  • Candlewick is the only publisher with two titles on the list.
  • Publication dates range from February to November with October being the most popular month at three titles.
  • None of the October/November titles have been reviewed by the Horn Book or Bulletin yet and I expect reviews of at least some of them to still be coming – especially with the National Book Award attention.
  • 2 have 5 starred reviews; 5 have 4; 1 has 3 and 2 have 2 – however with reviews still to come on several it’s hard to know how that will shake out. March, Book Three (5 stars); When the Sea Turned to Silver (4 stars); When the Moon Was Ours (2 stars) and Ghost (4 stars) have all received stars from every journal that’s reviewed them so far.
  • We have five traditional contenders for the Newbery and three traditional contenders for the Printz. March, Book Three would be an outlier for the Printz as both a graphic novel and third in a trilogy, but both graphics and sequels have been honored before. Non-fiction has not been faring well with either award so Sachiko‘s chances aren’t great. Raymie Nightingale is the only one that I think has even a chance of double recognition from both the Printz and the Newbery, but you never really know. Pretty much everything has been reviewed such that it touches the age range for both awards.

The only one of these I’ve personally read is Burn Baby Burn which I found to be excellent. Anyone else have a favorite they’re pulling for to make the Shortlist or win it all? In the meantime, I’m off to track some of these down.

Happy Reading!

August 2016 Stars

Oh vacation – that double edged sword – you need it to refresh and relax and renew, but when you come back – oh the to-do lists! Catching up on my blogging has finally made it to the top of the list so here’s the August list of everything with three or more starred reviews.

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex has moved up to the six starred reviews list.

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Stats for the year so far:

  • 1454 stars have been awarded to 908 books published in 2016.
  • 4 books have 6 stars, 7 books have 5 stars, 40 books have 4 stars, 88 books have 3 stars, 202 books have 2 stars, 513 books have 1 star
  • Breakdown of the 1454 stars by journal: Booklist 277; Bulletin 48; Horn Book 36; Kirkus 486; PW 341; SLJ 266.

5 starred reviews – nothing new on this list:

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4 starred reviews – 40 titles; 8 are new to this level: Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann; Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson; Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes; The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz; March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; The Reader by Traci Chee; Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan; and When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin.

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3 starred reviews – 88 titles – new books are in bold:
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Half Lost by Sally Green
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
NanoBots by Chris Gall
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Return by Aaron Becker
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
A Small Thing….but Big by Tony Johnston
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Swap! by Steve Light
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Their Great Gift by John Coy
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo-publication delayed
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter

For complete information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet.

Happy reading!

UPDATED 9/12: Added the starred review for March, Book Three that Publishers Weekly did not designate as a children’s review moving it from three starred reviews to four and updated stats accordingly.