Monday, January 26, 2009

Bring On the Tickertape!

Today is a very big day in American children's book publishing: the Youth Media Award winners were just announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter Conference in Denver.

Beth Krommes won the Caldecott for The House in the Night, a book I hadn't seen or heard of before:

To judge a book by its cover (!), though--didn't the almost-black-and-white Kitten's First Full Moon win the award not long ago? But again, I haven't actually seen this one in person yet.

Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book, which seems--without having read the book myself!--to answer Anita Silvey's earlier complaints about Newbery winners lacking kid appeal.

Then again, I will admit to a small part of me that thinks it's somewhat of a wasted opportunity for helping a book by someone not-huge-like-Gaiman, that could have really used the attendant publicity that a Newbery generates... 

But honestly and sincerely, kudos to them, as well as to the winners of the various other honors announced today!

1 comment:

  1. i don't know if you've seen them now, but i happened to really like the house in the night. it's simple and understated with a lot going on and speaks to me in the same way that goodnight moon did and still does. some people called it a rip off of GM or have said that it's overrated, but personally i was really taken with it.

    i'm in the middle of the graveyard book right now, and am really enjoying it. definitely more kid appeal.

    miss you, linas!