It's become a January tradition for me--shelving books that have stacked up during the previous year. This year my picture book shelving took longer than usual because each time I pulled a book from the 2013 shelf, my four-year-old thought we needed to read that book--immediately. So, instead of spending an hour or two shelving books, we spent a few afternoons reading. As I read 2013's books, I found myself looking forward to another January tradition--the ALA awards. This year the awards will be announced at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern time) on Monday, January 27. If you can't make it to Philadelphia, you can watch the awards here.
Meanwhile, people are making predictions, holding mock award discussions, and cheering for their favorites. Robin Smith at Calling Caldecott had this to say about making predictions. And even though it is a "dreadful question," it sure is fun to take a guess. At The Horn Book you can read some educated guesses in One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions.
In other award-related news, YALSA announced the finalists for the 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults way back in December. If you haven't read them all, you have a couple of weeks left before they announce the winner.
And finally--news unrelated to the awards, but fabulous nonetheless--Kate DiCamillo has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2014-2015. You can find more details and read an interview by Travis Jonker (of 100 Scope Notes) with the new ambassador on SLJ's website.