Sunday, January 16, 2005

Caldecott / Newbery contenders

The Toledo Blade has an article about the Caldecott / Newbery contenders. Interesting to children's books fans, sort of like trying to guess the winners of the Oscars. The favorite for the Caldecott is Kitten's New Moon by Kevin Henkes. We will see who is right on Monday.

Mock medal groups are notorious for choosing the "wrong" book as the medal winner. But Ms. Horning stresses that "we're really not trying to predict the winners. We see the discussions as a teaching tool to help people understand how the Newbery and Caldecott award winners are chosen."

So, where does that leave Henkes' Kitten's First Full Moon? It's the top choice this year of just about every mock group that has posted "winners," and is a unanimous favorite with children's books experts.

"Kitten's First Full Moon has the feel and structure of a classic,'' says Leonard S. Marcus, a children's book reviewer and historian.

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