Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool, winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal.
On Monday, kidlit blogs, Facebook, and Twitter were abuzz with Newbery news as The Association for Library Service to Children announced the winners of their many prestigious awards.
I am, it would seem, even farther out of the loop than usual this year. I’ve read just one of the winners, and that’s because it was originally published in 2007; the award was for audio production. I think I read more YA and adult books this year than MG and PB. At least, that’s the best excuse I can muster.
Are there any winners (Honor books included) that you read and loved?
What kidlit book(s) did you read this year that stand out as personal favorites? The books don’t have to be published in 2010, you just have to have read them in 2010, and I won’t hold you to just one.
Right now, I’m wishing I kept a list of the books I’ve read. It’s hard to pick a favorite when you can’t remember most of what you read. Two titles that come to mind are The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, and North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley. Oh, wait. Calpurnia was a Newbery Honor book last year. Ha! Well, I guess I liked it as much as this year as the ALA committee liked it last year. And you know what? Having visited Clare Vanderpool’s website to get the link at the top of this post, and searching for cover images and reading some connected blurbs, I expect I’m really going to like Moon Over Manifest when I get my hands on it. Ooooooo…maybe we should make it an S4L Book Club book. Every library in the land–and Norway, I hope–will stock it now.
You know, I think I’m going to start a list of books I read in 2011. I want to be able to really pick my favorites next January. Do any of you keep a record of the books you read?
You know what I think would be fun? To write the names of books I’ve read on a wall in my house. A readily visible and somewhat permanent record seems appropriate. A house reflects who we are as does our reading list. A house shelters us from harsh elements and gives us a safe place to grow, and, in some ways, so do books. To read a book is to live in the world it creates for a time, just as we live in a house for a time.
We’ve got a tiny house, not many walls to choose from. I’m thinking the hallway. Or maybe the stairway coming in. As you enter our house, you would be introduced to us by way of the books we read.
Hmmm…will have to talk to Mike about this.