We’ve been Facebooking and emailing about it all the day long. I was so excited that I could only communicate in all caps for about an hour. You are lucky I got over that.
I haven’t read the Newbery honors, but I look forward to doing so.
The Caldecotts are all books I loved this year, but I am particularly excited about Me… Jane winning Patrick McDonnell an honor. I feel like he’s been creating extraordinary picture books all along, and I am so glad to see him getting this recognition. This particular book is lovely, and a step up for him, too.
One of my favorite books of the year, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, won a Geisel honor. WOOO!
And, last, I must acknowledge the new Batchelder winner, Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak, and honor, Lily Pond by Annika Thor. Here’s what I wrote after I sat and watched my committee’s selections announced at the press conference last year. That was a tremendous day. I haven’t read these new winners, but they’ll be at the top of my list. It’s hard to do Batchelder and not get all evangelical about translations. They’re so, so important.
I love award announcement day. I’ve been fortunate enough to be there live for the press conference many times, and it’s fun watching the webcasts in my office, too–today with Mary Ann and RuthAnn–clapping, cheering, noting my surprise. I love books, and I love that there is such a large community of people who love them, too.