Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How Did 2013 Stack Up?

Whether you are still reading through your stack of 2013 books or you have started stacking your 2014 books, you might be interested in some of the recent award announcements.

The 2014 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been awarded to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard Creek.  Read the announcement here.

Lemony Snickett is the recipient of the 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in his picture book, The Dark (illustrated by Jon Klassen).  I was thrilled to see that Sophie's Squash by Anne Wilsdorf was named as an Honor Book, and Big Snow by Jonathan Bean made the list of Highly Commended Titles. Check out the other outstanding books keeping them company on the lists.

Our little ol' Mock Newbery here in Utah selected The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata as our winner on Saturday.  We named If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan as Honor Books.  If you scroll down to the comments, you can read DaNae's summary here

School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Kid's Books is gearing up for another season.  The contenders for this year have been announced.  I look forward to reading not just the judges' insights, but all the comments.

And finally, because I'm always up to reading a new book by Jennifer Holm, I'm looking forward to August when The Fourteenth Goldfish comes out.  BookPage put together a list of their Most Anticipated Children's and Teen Books of 2014.  What are you looking forward to reading?


  1. I'm looking forward to Fourteenth Goldfish also, and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing . Yay for the Charlotte Zolotow awards listing some of my favorites! Also, Utah's Mock Newbery was such an amazing experience. Thanks for inviting me along.

  2. Sequel to Diviners & a Jenni Holm. Yippi-kai-Yay. Now if Megan Whalen Turner will show up I will be ecstatic.

    1. I'm with you, DaNae. When the next Megan Whalen Turner book is announced, I might just throw a party.