Tomorrow morning all of the Children's and Young Adult awards will be given out and announced by the American Library Association . At first I wasn't put out my guesses than I though why not. So this is very late but still in time.
Pinkney's The Lion & the Mouse It's favored by many to win. It's a lovely book. Pinkney's work is beautiful as always. I hope it wins but I have my doubts.
Pinkney has two strikes against him. One its favored to win and that's never a good thing. Two, a Black illustrator has yet to win this award. Than again the U.S has its for Black president.
I will think very good thoughts for Jerry Pinkney had hope for the best.
Winner - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
why - This novel is in the running at many mock newbery list but not favored. Lin , weaves stories within the story beautifully. It's not often that girls go on an adventures alone and by choice. Usually they are running away from a bad engagement, marriage, sacrifice etc. Also the parents hardly ever chase after the adventurer. The parents chase after their daugther (notice I said parents) Lin avoids the ever popular orphan protagonist.
Love, Aubrey - by Suzanne Lafleur
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip Hoose
And my sleepers
The Brooklyn Nine by Alan M Gratz
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
Coretta Scott King Award
Author award - Flygirl by Sherri L Smith
Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson Mare's War Tanita S. Davis
Illustrator award -Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Miche Nelson illus by R. Gregory Christie
We Troubled the Waters by Ntozake Shange drawings by Rod Brown
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes and E. B. Lewis
John Steptoe Award for new talent
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Belpre - Like the Caldecott I am out of the Belpre loop
Story winner - Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Honor Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro by Eduardo Calcines
Illus. Winner Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol by Monica Brown illus. by Rudy
Printz Winner Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
After by Amy Efaw
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Jumped by Williams -Garcia
I have too many printz honors but don't know what to take off, so they all stay.
There are many more awards but those are all guesses. In a few hours, I will either look very smart or this post may magically disappear.