So, you guys know the ALA Media Awards (otherwise known as OMG Newbery! and OMG Caldecott! and Oh There's Others?) are being awarded next Monday? As they've done in the past, the American Library Association is providing a live webcast, not to mention texting and Twittering and Facebooking the proceedings, because us librarians are all down with the new-fangled technology and stuff.
Susan over at Booklights has posted a really great entry about the ALA Awards, going over some past winners that went on to be classics and also a discussion of the many (18!) awards given out and what they're awarded for. Required reading if you want to know why I'm going to be getting up at 5:30 am next Monday. (East Coasters can breathe now: it starts at 7:45 AM for you. Fracking time zones.)
I don't tend to speculate on the award winners, because most of the time I haven't yet read all the hot contenders. A lot of people seem to like The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate for the Newbery this year. I read it and liked it, and it seems the kind of book that the Newbery Committee likes. But you never can tell--we've had a few wacky upsets in the past decade or so.
For the Printz (excellence in YA literature), do I ever want Marcelo in the Real World to get some librarian love. An Honor, at least. Please, Printz Committee? Please?
What do you think/hope/pray will win?