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1foggidawn
Aug 10, 2012, 5:59pm

Welcome, fans of youth literature! I created this group in hopes that we can get a discussion going about the Newbery and Caldecott hopefuls, and perhaps even vote for the ones we find the most distinguished.

For anyone not familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott awards, here's a link to the page on the American Library Association website about the awards:
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia

I'll make additional threads where we can discuss the criteria for each of these awards, so keep an eye out for those.

In the mean time, please introduce yourselves. Feel free to share what got you interested in youth literature, whether you have participated in any mock Newbery or Caldecott committees (or, hey, even the real thing!), and any other information you'd like!

2foggidawn
Aug 14, 2012, 4:28pm

I feel like I'm talking to myself here, but to get the ball rolling, I'll introduce myself. I'm a children's librarian who never grew out of reading kids' books. I ran a mock Caldecott last year, and that and some of the blogs I follow inspired me to start this group. I'd love to serve on the real Newbery committee someday (or any ALSC/ALA award committee, really).

3amysisson
Aug 14, 2012, 4:37pm

I am a librarian as well; I've never worked as a children's librarian, but for a year I was the curriculum library cataloger (read kids' books and teaching materials) for a small 4-year college, and that year my supervisor was on the Caldecott committee! So, so envious.....

Now I'm a medical librarian, but I will never outgrow reading children's books -- board and picture books right up through young adult.

4UnrulySun
Aug 15, 2012, 10:57pm

I'm not a librarian, just a woman who sometimes likes to read children's books. :) I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting titles, and I hope to learn more about the processes for choosing winners of these awards. Thanks for making the group, foggi.