The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean – Newbery Winner!
I am beyond thrilled that this title was the winner. The story is extremely deserving, it has a wide and wonderful appeal, and the genre can always use more attention. Read my review here.
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small – Newbery Honor!
Another amazing book that’s entirely deserving of recognition–and perhaps a courageous choice, since this isn’t the kind of title that has a wide-ranging appeal. Read my review here.
Savvy by Ingrid Law – Newbery Honor!
I think this title is another worthy but possibly risky choice for Newbery recognition. I loved it, personally, but the dialectic language turned a lot of people off–even so, I’m super glad it got an honor! Read my review here.
A River of Words by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet – Caldecott Honor!
Though I was disappointed that my top Caldecott pick didn’t make it onto the honor list, I am quite glad that this title did–it’s beautiful, and wonderfully unusual. Read my review here.
We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson – Coretta Scott King Winner, Illustrator Honor Book and Sibert Winner!
This book is an enigma–I love it, but it defies any category I try to put it in, and it certainly deserves recognition. Read my review here.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu – Batchelder Winner!
What a surprise–I just finished reading this book, and it won an award! I’m quite delighted–it’s a great title. Read my review here.
All in all, a pretty nice little handful of award-winners! I’m sure the other winning and honor books are also great–I just haven’t had a chance to read them. Ah well…you can’t read ’em all.