Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Make Way for .... ALA Midwinter 2016 in Boston

Loved the T-shirts worn by the librarians on the Caldecott committee! 
So many books, so many librarians = three very busy days!  

Super exciting to spot on display at the publishers' booths numerous picture books coming out this year by my alums of SVA class. I am so proud of them!!!

I got advanced copies of:
Where's the Party, by Ruth Chan (debut!) 
Lorenzo the Pizza-Loving Lobster, by Claire Lordon (debut!)
Let's Go to the Hardware Store, illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Two Friends, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Puddle, illustrated by Hyewon Yum
and saw The Grumpy Pets, by Kristine Lombardi

At the very end, as things were closing down, many of the publishers gave away the books at their booths.  I loved when two librarian friends had a friendly "fight" over who was going to get the last copy of My Three Best Friends and Me,  Zulay by Vanessa Brantley Newton, also from SVA class. 

Of course a highlight on Monday morning was the announcements of the Caldecott and the Newbery and more, with all the details here. It was all SO exciting!

Now back to NYC. My suitcase is very heavy and full of books, and I can't wait to get reading!


Annina said...

Enjoyed reading this and thank you for the link about the Monday announcements. Glad to read this, because I was confused about the Newbery and the Caldecott again, and years like this don't help :)
But, does the medal for "Winnie" only go to Sophie Blackall?

monicawellington said...

The Caldecott is for illustrators and the Newbery is for authors. So the illustrator Christian Robinson won a Caldecott Honor for "Last Stop on Market Street" and the author Matt de la Pena won the Newbery Medal for the same book. (Extremely unusual for a picture book to win the Newbery: Hurrah!!!) Yes, illustrator, Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott Medal for "Finding Winnie". It was exciting to be there at the announcements, amongst hundreds of librarians!