And the Newbery and Caldecott cometh….

The Newbery awards are just around the corner. I know this now. Honestly, it’s the first year that this has been on my radar. I usually find out about the winner eventually and try to read it each year, but this year is different.

This year I’m in the know! Why? Because of my my online community of readers on Twitter and the Blogosphere. There are too many to mention, but thanks to Mr. Schu, Colby Sharp, The Book Whisperer, @trkravtin (who even mailed me a box of books!), Paul Hankins, and the rest of the #nerdybookclub. [If you have a little time, I highly recommend clicking some of those links. Careful–you could get lost in the awesomeness.]

This community kept me current with the great books that were out there for my students. These are books that I now know and can recommend to readers who are hungry for the next great thing. It is because of this community that I’ve actually read the books many consider to be on the Newbery short list.

Check this out:

Yup. Read those.

And I’d like to add this book–one of my favorites this year:

I hope you’re as excited as I am. The winners will be announced on January 23 in Dallas.

The ALA will host a live Webcast from the Dallas Convention Center begining at 7:30 a.m. CT, Jan. 23. Virtual seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here for more information.

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