Monday, January 26, 2009

Awards Awards Awards

It is the season for awards for children's literature. Gold and silver medals are raining down from heaven and sticking onto the covers of a few books. I had a little site that rounded up the "mock" award lists from around the country. Lets' see how they did at predicting the major award winners.

I took the top 15 titles from each of the roundups (Caldecott, Newbery and Printz) to see how many won awards and which ones they won. I wanted to include results here, but frankly the formatting is a nightmare. Check out the lists at to see more.

The Mock Caldecott lists did the best at predicting award winners. Nine of the top 15 titles (by number of mock mentions) won 12 major awards- including my own shiny silver Zolotow Honor for "In a Blue Room." AND Top Roundup vote getter "A House in the Night" took the Caldecott Medal.

The Mock Newbery Roundup didn't do as well. Of the top 15, only 4 title took a total of 5 awards.

We didn't have much participation in the Mock Printz roundup. I guess because the award is newish, or maybe because it is for older readers? In any case, all four Printz Honor winners were on the roundup, but the winner, Jellicoe Road, was nowhere to be seen.

Next up: The Notables and SCBWI's Golden Kite, among others.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes We Can

And we'll do it in this cool Obama shirt by Yuyi Morales.

Happy Inauguration Day, everyone.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What an Honor

In a Blue Room has been named one of five recipients of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award for picture book text. This is so exciting! Here are excerpts from the press release:

Bob Graham Wins 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham is the twelfth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The 2009 Zolotow Award committee named five Honor Books: How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, edited by Margaret Ferguson, and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; How Mama Brought the Spring, written by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Holly Berry, edited by Julie Strauss-Gebel and Donna Brooks, and published by Dutton; In a Blue Room written by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa, edited by Samantha McFerrin, and published by Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin; A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, edited by Shannon White, and published by Eerdmans; and Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, written and illustrated by James Rumford, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Roaring Brook Press.

Established in 1998, the Charlotte Zolotow Award honors the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933 to 1936, where she studied with
Professor Helen C. White. The award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children in the birth through seven age range published in the United States in the preceding year.