Did you hear? Some book awards were announced today! How nice it is that for Weekly Geeks we are encouraged to talk about this announcement.
The two awards that I follow most closely and have a constant urge to read from their lists are the Newbery Award and the Printz Award.
The winner for the Newbery Award is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Cool! I loved this book and reviewed it here. I'm very excited this won and I will look forward to promoting it at the book fair and other such places. It's a great book.
Honor books are:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
None of these I've really heard of, so I'll be adding them to my reading list.
The winner for the Printz Award is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I've heard tons about this one, but just haven't had a chance to read it yet. So looks like I'll be bumping it higher on my list.
Honor books are:
Charles and Emma; The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 by John Barnes
None of these I've heard of either! I need to get reading! Sheesh, what have I been doing with myself!
Now is a perfect time to promote the Printz Project, something Jessica from The Bluestocking Society and I started last April. Come join us and read all the Printz books. This award has only been around since 2000 so the list isn't long. Once you read one, come share your review with us. It's an ongoing project, and we are very laid back and easy going over there. Some of my favorite Printz books (winners and honors) that I've read so far are:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Vol. 1 by M.T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
There's an ongoing project for the Newbery Award too. Head on over and check them out. This award has been around since 1922, so the list is significantly longer... but the books are short, so, might as well read them! Some of my favorite Newbery books that I've read are:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Holes by Louis Sachar
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Giver by Lois Lowry
... and I better stop at that, because the list goes on and on. There's lots of favorites on that list!
What Printz and Newbery books of you read and loved? Do you plan on reading any of these new winners?