Phoenix Book Club: Award Winners 2016

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With the newest winners announced last month we thought we'd read some of the older winners and see what the fuss was about.

Award Winners 2016

Every January the American Library Association announces the winners of its Youth Media Awards for the previous year. Most people know the Newbery and Caldecott awards, but there are plenty of others and the books that have won the Newbery and all of the others are wildly varied in terms of topic, style, genre and length. We picked out Newbery winners and runners up, Coretta Scott King winners, Sibert winners, Batchelder winners and Schneider winners and we looked at books not just from the past couple of years but going as far back as 1982. So basically we covered as much as we could.

So what was the verdict? Did we think our choices lived up to the awards they recieved? Almost unanimously the answers were "Yes!" for every book. But that's where the discussion got interesting, because not every book was the top winner for its year. Some were runners up or honor books, and in some cases the winners from that year just haven't stood the test of time. Maybe you'll disagree. Take a look at our historical lists of all the past Newbery winners and honors and see if you agree or disagree with what won and what came close.

For next month we're reading winter stories. Anything set in the winter, whether it's fantasy, realistic, mystery, survival adventure or something entirely different. There are some books put aside in the Children's Room or pick something on your own and come tell us about it on March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Room.

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