Sunday, January 18, 2009

2009 Newbery Predictions

The 2009 Newbery award will be announced Monday, January 26 at 7:45 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time. There’s been a lot of speculation on possible winners. A former Newbery judge and longtime children’s librarian at the Donnell Central Children’s Room of the New York Public Library system, Elizabeth Bird, made her predictions in her Fuse #8 blog for School Library Journal. She also makes predictions for many of the other American Library Association Youth Media Awards. Another former Newbery judge, teacher Monica Edinger, has some thoughts on possible winners that appealed to her on her blog.

The results are also in for Heavy Medal, a Mock Newbery blog also at SLJ, and for the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library’s Mock Newbery, which has had all the previous winners on their short list of contenders since 1999 (except The Higher Power of Lucky in 2007). Read the rest of their blog for the winners of other mock contests.

Any guesses out there on this year’s Newbery winner and honor book(s)?


Sandy D. said...

I'm going to guess "The Porcupine Year" by Louise Erdrich. I loved "The Birchbark House", and I just have a feeling that Erdrich's trilogy is due some more awards.

I'm going to read "Circle of Silence" quick so I can check out "Porcupine Year" before it gets hard to find.

Amanda (the librarian) said...

I'm with you on that guess, Sandy. I think it's also a "safer" choice than some of the other suggested books, which might be more suitable for the Printz award.