One-Minute Book Reviews

August 14, 2009

2010 Newbery and Caldecott Medal Predictions From the School Library Journal Blog

From "The Lion and the Mouse"

Update, Jan. 11, 2010: The School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird now predicts that When You Reach Me will win the Newbery Medal and The Lion and the Mouse the Caldecott. She also predicts the Honor Books at

You say the kids aren’t going back school for a couple of weeks and you’ve run out of ideas on what they could read? You might want to look at the 2010 Newbery and Caldecott Medal predictions that Elizabeth Bird has posted on the School Library Journal blog. Bird is a children’s librarian with the New York Public Library system and a past Newbery judge who has a better record than most of us do for predicting the winners of the American Library Association’s annual awards. Among her favorites for the 2010 Newbery: Jacqueline Woodson’s: Peace, Locomotion (“it has her customary style and grace intact and she’s been edging closer and closer to outright Newbery Award status with every year”). Bird’s 2010 Caldecott candidates include Jerry Pinkney’s “almost wordless” and “meticulously researched” interpretation of a fable by Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse (“the kind of Pinkney book that will make converts out of people who weren’t Pinkney fans before”).

© 2009 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Thanks for the link, Jan. I’ll buy most of these books for my library (as soon as the new fiscal year budget kicks in – probably late October!). The Pinkney book looks gorgeous!

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — August 15, 2009 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

    • You’re very welcome, Amanda. The Pinkney does look great.

      I like Pinkney’s art a lot but find it much stronger than his texts (weak free verse in the books of his that I’ve seen). And although the words aren’t supposed to count in the Caldecott judging unless they interfere with the pictures, if somebody had asked me how to position Pinkney for a medal, I’d have said: Kill the writing, pair him with a stronger writer, or find another way to get him a stronger story. Having him illustrate an Aesop’s fable could do the trick.

      Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — August 15, 2009 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

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