Every January the children and teen services departments of libraries across the country are abuzz with anticipation. Somewhere in the United States, select groups of librarians are attending closed door meetings to decide which books deserve a variety of awards, from the Caldecott for illustration to the Printz for best book for teens.
In preparation for that day, Youth Services staff from the Headquarters, Porter, Salem Church and Snow libraries have been working on their critical evaluation skills by reading a variety of recently published picture books, selecting the titles they would award the Caldecott to if they were in charge. This year their selections for this mock event were City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon Muth, which tells the story of a special bond between two very different creatures.
They "awarded" honors to two titles. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Subtly colored woodcuts portay the story of a zookeeper too sick to go to work one day so the animals decide to come to him instead. Chalk by Bill Thomson is a wordless picture book describing the adventures of three children who find magical chalk that makes every picture they draw come to life!
This Monday, the actual winners will be announced in San Diego at 7:45 a.m. Die hard fans of children's and teen literature can follow along by watching it live on their computer or by following ALA's Twitter and Facebook accounts. More details on how to enjoy this event can be found here.