Monthly Archives: January 2019

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2019 Newbery Possibilities through December Stars

The 2019 Newbery Award season is racing to its close. Over at Heavy Medal, there’s intense discussion happening around their shortlist. Their mock committee will be wrapping things up this week and voting on Thursday and Friday. Other Mock results have been rolling in – to see a roundup check out the ALSC blog.

To see what the Newbery committee itself picks, tune in live  on Monday, January 28 at 8am PST. I can only imagine how excited the committee members must be as they prep this one last week for their official deliberations and decision!

With December stars entered, there were 196 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 57 new titles. I’ve noted the number of starred reviews each title received and those  which have been named to the following Award lists: the Walter Award from We Need Diverse Books; the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction; the Gryphon Award; the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; the Kirkus Prize; the National Book Award, the Morris Award shortlist and the YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction shortlist. Criteria for these awards are really all over the place, so while being named by another award means another committee found a book excellent there’s no guarantee the Newbery committee will find it equally distinguished.

For a reminder of the criteria please visit the official Newbery page or you can get a brief overview at my previous Newbery post.

This year my Newbery contender lists are broken down by format: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books.

I have also included a list of books that I think are ineligible with a brief note of why, but here’s your regular reminder that I am not a member of the Newbery committee and have no information on official committee rulings. For anthologies I’m currently only looking up editors. If the editors meet the nationality/residence requirements I’m putting them on the contender lists; if they don’t I’m putting them on the ineligible list. If anyone has additional info on eligibility for any of the titles I’ve got on the ineligible list, please let me know in the comments!

Young Reader Adapted versions are an interesting question for the non-fiction. Are they original? Or because it’s adapted from a version previously published are they not? Looking at Just Mercy this month, I’m fairly certain it would be ineligible because the original was published several years ago so it clearly was adapted. Proud looks like it may have been published simultaneously with the adult version? So I lean on the side of that being eligible? But I really don’t know. Neither seems like a particularly likely contender given other non-fiction titles in the field, but the committee may feel differently.

Contender lists are after the jump! Continue reading 2019 Newbery Possibilities through December Stars

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2019 Printz Possibilities through December Stars

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are happening Monday, January 28 at 8am PST. For the first time in several years I am scheduled to work during the announcements (I’ll be hosting an outside presenter at the library whose program will start right when the awards do – what was I thinking???), but those who have managed their schedules better can watch live.

This will be my last Printz roundup for this award year. We have 19 new traditional contenders to make 68 overall and 11 new outliers to make 40 overall. That means there are 108 books with 3 or more stars that are eligible for the Printz award. There are undoubtedly many many more books that the committee has looked at – props to all those who take the time to serve on the committee and read widely and carefully to identify the best.

I’ve noted the number of starred reviews each title received and those  which have been named to the following Award lists: the Walter Award from We Need Diverse Books; the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; the Kirkus Prize; the National Book Award, the Morris Award shortlist and the YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction shortlist. Please do keep in mind the criteria for each of these awards varies – sometimes there’s overlap with the Printz; other times, not so much.

For a reminder of the official criteria of the Printz and what I consider traditional contenders vs. outliers, please see my previous 2019 Printz post. You can always find the full policies and procedures here. Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through December Stars

December 2018 Starred Reviews

UPDATE 1/7/19: Thanks to an anonymous comment that pointed out I was missing the Kirkus star for Darius the Great Is Not Okay bumping it up to 3 stars, I’ve updated the lists to add it. In the process of correcting that, I realized that I had Toil & Trouble noted both that way and as Toil and Trouble so it also has 3 stars and I’ve added it as well. The numbers for 2018 titles have been updated to reflect those changes. Many thanks to Anonymous – I always appreciate the extra sets of eyes checking for things I have missed!

Happy New Year! Only 2 new books with 3 starred reviews for the 2018 lists. This is probably the last time I’ll include the 2018 lists since things have slowed down so much on that front. My goal is to post one more each of the Newbery and Printz roundups before the Youth Media Awards are announced on Monday, January 28.

December 2018 stars tally:

  • 1170 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1901 starred reviews as of the end of December.  6 books have 6 starred reviews; 21 books have 5 starred reviews, 44 books have 4 starred reviews, 125 books have 3 starred reviews, 235 books have 2 starred reviews, 739 books have 1 starred review.
  • For 2018 titles: 2 books have been added with 3 stars (ETA: plus the 2 I’ve missed previously)
  • 151 books published in 2019 have been awarded 215 starred reviews as of the end of December. 5 books have 4 starred reviews, 8 books have 3 starred reviews, 33 books have 2 starred reviews, 105 books have 1 starred review.
  • For 2019 titles: 2 titles with 4 starred reviews are new; 4 titles have been added with 3 stars

Continue reading December 2018 Starred Reviews