Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I felt like a little kid watching the ALA Awards live on my phone Monday morning.  For me, book awards are much more exciting than the Oscars.  My three favorite awards each year are the Randolph Caldecott Medal (for most distinguished American picture book), the John Newberry Medal (for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature), and the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in literature written for young adults).

If you remember my 31 Days of Young Adult Book Reviews, you'll remember how I gushed about my crush for Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  These two kids, in all their achingly sweet awkwardness, stitched themselves permanently into my heart.   So I wanted to jump up & down and cheer when they announced that Eleanor & Park  was named a Printz Honor Book.

I love this John Green quote:
Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like 
to be young and in love with a girl, but also 
what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

I am not familiar with the Michael L. Printz Award winner, Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, but I've added it to my To-Read List.  The Printz Award is my favorite go-to source for excellent books.  Former unforgettable Printz books are The Book Thief, Jellicoe Road, and Code Name Verity.  Though I haven't {yet} made the acquaintance of the other Printz Honor Books for 2014, here they are: The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.  Perhaps I will be declaring my undying love for some of them later this year, because I will most likely introduce myself to each of them.

{Click here} to view the official list of ALA Awards.

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