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2020 Printz Possibilities through March Stars

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” I’m really feeling Carroll’s White Rabbit and this quote this Spring, but here’s the March update for Printz contenders based on starred reviews. For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

52 (11 new this month) books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of March 2019. 21 (5 new) of those are picture books, poetry collections or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 14 (2 new) are young adult novels, 1 is a young adult comic; 4 (1 new) are young adult non-fiction; 9 (2 new) are younger novel outliers and 3 (1 new) are other outliers.

The organization paragraph that repeats each month: This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post. Continue reading 2020 Printz Possibilities through March Stars

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2020 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

Time to update the list of Printz contenders for February starred reviews. For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post.

41 books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of February 2019. 16 of those are picture books or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 12 are young adult novels, 1 is a young adult comic; 3 are young adult non-fiction; 7 are younger novel outliers and 2 are other outliers.
Continue reading 2020 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

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2020 Printz Possibilities through January Stars

Time for a new crop of Printz contenders! Here’s your annual reminder of the Printz criteria:

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. – YALSA Website

Two additional eligibility notes:

  • Must be published between January 1 and December 31 by a United States publishing house. Works previously published in other countries are eligible the year they are published in the U.S.
  • Must have been designated by the publisher as a young adult book or within YALSA’s stated audience range of 12-18 years.

You can find the full policies and procedures here.

I’m taking a page from how I’ve been organizing my Newbery posts and breaking contenders down by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. Now there’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not going to include titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post. Maybe I’ll have a chance sometime this year to revisit that data, but in the meantime lists are after the break!

22 books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of January 2019. 9 of those are picture books or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 7 are young adult novels, no young adult comics; 3 young adult non-fiction; 1 outlier of a younger novel and 2 other outliers.
Continue reading 2020 Printz Possibilities through January Stars

2019 ALA Youth Media Award Results

On Monday, January 28 various sections and affiliates of the American Library Association gave out some of the biggest awards for children’s and young adult books from the previous year at the Youth Media Awards. Due to some unfortunate weather here in the Midwest, my program that was originally scheduled during the Youth Media Awards presentation was rescheduled and I got to watch live after all!

Some new awards were added this year – the American Indian Youth Literature Award (awarded only in even years so no new announcement this year); the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award, and the Sydney Taylor Book Award. When this was announced last year, I started adding these awards to my Award Winners spreadsheet so I knew they traditionally had named honor books. To my surprise, during the ceremony only winners were named and when I went to the links mentioned in the live webcast, I found the Sydney Taylor Awards had indeed named honors and notables as usual. I couldn’t locate the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award information for this year (it’s up now), but eventually found the honors via Twitter later in the day. I was disappointed to not see the honors included in the ceremony. An ALA representative has since responded to the criticism citing time constraints as the issue and noting the involvement of representatives from the affiliate organizations in the choice to only recognize the winners in the ceremony, but I still think it was the wrong decision. These awards deserve equal recognition – if they’re including honors for other awards, include the honors for these and trim time from the opening remarks or call for shorter blurbs or make the ceremony longer and adjust the conference schedule accordingly. I understand that some of these aren’t easy changes to make, but doing the right thing here is worth the effort.

Here’s a link to the press release with winners for all of the many awards named and the honors for most. My spreadsheet has been updated with this year’s information. Much gratitude goes towards the many, many committee members for each of these awards who serve without compensation and dedicate uncounted hours to reading and evaluating and discussing the books.

I’ve also added a link on the right to my spreadsheet of the 2018 Best Books lists from the six journals I track. Some year, I’ll finish that in time to help predict award chances, but this was not that year. Since I track Newbery and Printz contenders based on starred reviews, let’s see how the 2019 winners and honors fared with stars and best book lists.

Newbery Award:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears book cover

Winner: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
book of boy book coverThe Night Diary book cover
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Starred reviews – 3: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Starred reviews – 3: Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Kirkus, SLJ

Printz Award

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Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Starred reviews – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
Damsel book covera heart in a body in the world book coverI, Claudia book cover

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Starred reviews – 2: Booklist, SLJ
Best lists – 1: Booklist

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Starred reviews – 4: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – none

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy
Starred reviews – 2: Booklist, Kirkus
Best lists – 2: Booklist, Kirkus

Some notes of interest:

  • I feel like I heard a fair amount of surprise online for Merci winning, but with 5 starred reviews, 4 best lists and being named a Kirkus Prize Finalist, this shouldn’t have been that big of a shock.
  • No one was surprised when The Poet X was announced – it’s been rolling through awards season picking up more and more acclaim. It was already the Teen Walter Award Winner, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Winner, the National Book Award Winner, and a Kirkus Prize Finalist. On Monday it not only picked up the Printz medal, but was also named an Odyssey Honor and the Pura Belpré Author Winner. That book is going to be covered in award stickers!
  • For only the second time, the Printz committee didn’t pick a full slate of honor books (they’re allowed up to 4) and what they did pick were some under the radar titles that hadn’t been getting tons of chatter. Booklist was the only journal to give stars to all three honors, but interestingly they didn’t star The Poet X!
  • As of the end of December there were 196 books with 3 starred reviews  or more. Not all of those 196 were eligible for either award, but even reducing that number based on eligiblity, I would never be able to read all of those in year and keep up with other pleasure reading. So, assuming you’re choosing from those 196 books to try and predict awards, combined with buzz, chances are that you would have read the Newbery books. For the Printz though, you would only be at half of the books named. I’m in awe of the number of books committee members must read (and re-read for the final discussions!) to come to these decisions.

I haven’t read any of the 2019 Newbery and Printz books yet although The Poet X is currently on my bedside table and Merci Suárez Changes Gears will be my next audiobook listen. I have read a smattering of the books honored by other committees. The award I was most delighted with was Sadie winning the Odyssey. That audiobook was amazing and destroyed me in the best possible way. When they had named the Odyssey honors, I sat at my desk quietly chanting “Sadie, Sadie, come on, be Sadie” and actually cheered when it was announced.

So that’s a wrap on this year’s awards. Stay tuned, 2020 contender talk will be coming soon!

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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

2019 Printz Possibilities through August Stars

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.

Summer ate my time, so we’re looking at three months worth of additions here – 18 new traditional contenders and 13 new outliers. I’ve noted titles which made the National Book Award Longlist and will continue adding award information as it pops up. Now that award season has started, I’m really missing all the insight from the Someday My Printz Will Come team. We must all try to muddle through without them though so lists are after the jump! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through August Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

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.

Not too much movement here this month – most of the new titles with 3 or more starred reviews are picture books or middle grade. There were no new traditional contenders leaving that list at 31 titles; 2 titles have been added to the outliers list for 16 titles total. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through April Stars

Even though I’m behind, before I add the May starred reviews, I wanted to revisit my Printz and Newbery lists. Today it’s the Printz; hopefully my Newbery update will be up by the end of this week. 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.

14 titles have been added to the traditional contenders list for 31 titles total; 5 titles have been added to the outliers list for 14 titles total. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through April Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

First, I have to lead with some sad news: Someday My Printz Will Come has had it’s last season. I’m enormously grateful for everything I have learned from all the Someday bloggers and their in-depth analysis of contenders. I will miss their commentary dearly and look forward to whatever their next projects will be!

Next – here’s your annual reminder of the Printz criteria:

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. – YALSA Website

Two additional eligibility notes:

  • Must be published between January 1 and December 31 by a United States publishing house. Works previously published in other countries are eligible the year they are published in the U.S.
  • Must have been designated by the publisher as a young adult book or within YALSA’s stated audience range of 12-18 years.

You can find the full policies and procedures here.

Last year, I broke my list into traditional contenders (novels in the upper part of the grade range) and outliers (younger titles, non-fiction, short stories, essays, etc. – basically everything else). Given that Vincent and Theo‘s honor means that non-fiction has been awarded two years in a row, I’m going to move non-fiction to that first list for this year. I’m also not going to include titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. I’m still sticking with three or more starred reviews; see this Someday My Printz post for why. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

Printz Possibilities Wrap-Up

Now it’s time to talk Printz! Someday My Printz Will Come has crowned it’s Pyrite Winner and continues to vote for its Honor slate. My local Young Adult Librarian Discussion group (miss you all!) met earlier this month and named The Hate U Give as their Mock Printz winner with You Bring the Distant Near and Landscape with Invisible Hand as their Honors.

In general, The Hate U Give is cleaning up at Mock Awards – so if you are one of the few who haven’t read it yet? I suggest you get on that!

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the last Printz post are marked in bold. There’s a handful of picture books that have one review that hits age 12 with their ranges; I’ve excluded those because there’s plenty here to look at without them!

The Usual Disclaimers: The criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – this is just one way to identify titles to read if you enjoy following the awards like I do. Also, I am in no way affiliated with the official Printz committee.
Continue reading Printz Possibilities Wrap-Up