The Newbery Approaches. . .

Sorry, but this is not a regular post on Girl Knows Books. I apologize. Instead, this is an aimless think-aloud on something that has been on my mind a lot today–who will win the Newbery Medal and Honors? (And the Caldecott, of course.) The results are due to be announced January 23, a.k.a. tomorrow, and I am very curious. I’ve recently been looking at several blogs and websites, just to see what everyone else thinks will happen, because I have no idea. Frankly, I don’t know if I’ve really been reading a lot of books that were published in the last year, so I can’t offer a lot of suggestions. There is one, though, that I have heard mentioned a couple times: Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt. This name may sound familiar to you because I published a post a while ago on one of his other books that I enjoyed. I would definitely be pleased if this book won the Medal, because I’ve always found Schmidt’s writing to be really good and very captivating, and it seems like it’s about time he got the gold. Plus, I’ve actually read this one, and can vouch for it.  Another book that seems to be a high competitor for the Newbery is Breadcrumbs, written by Anne Ursu. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this book, and just got it from the library. I cannot wait to read it, having read something else by the author and definitely liking it. Yet another that keeps cropping up is A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. I can’t offer a lot of info on this one, except that I’m intrigued. It looks different, and it looks good.

So, now that I’ve had my say, what do you think? What are you rooting for?

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What Do You Say, Dear?

My friends and I read this I-don’t-know-how-many times in the media center at school.  And not just when we were little. “What Do You Say, Dear?” (penned by Sesyle Joslin, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak) is a great book that I will still like when I am 97.5 years old, and older. It’s hilarious, and at the same time it is teaching you something–manners! Well, I guess we all better learn them at some point, huh? Say you have just gotten married, and are looking forward to a nice long life with your true love. But first…you are starving. What do you say, dear? “Could you please pass the cake?” of course! This and more are just inside this little book, which is written with humor and imagination. Perhaps some parents would have a problem with the little bit about a cowboy, in which someone comes up to you with a gun and asks you if you would like them to shoot you in the head. (Obviously, you say “no, thank you”) But I don’t. Have a problem with it, I mean. Little kids run into violence in cartoons, movies, etc. This book is a winner. It’s a very fun way to teach kids manners! And I wouldn’t be surprised if a parent read it to themselves once or twice, just for the heck of it.

P.S. I don’t know if any of you have heard about this yet, but April 23, 2012 is World Book Night. This is an event in which people across the U.S.A. will each give away 20 books in their communities: In a mall, a park, or any number of other places! The idea is to encourage reading and, hopefully, make some new readers. (So you should probably not give books away in libraries or bookstores, or give them to people who are already holding them.) You can read more about this and sign up on the great website, and I hope you participate! I sure hope to.