I rarely agree with the Newbery selection, but today they did something somewhat different and interesting. They chose a picture book, “Last Stop on Market Street”, that is short and powerful and nails the beauty and pain of city life, poverty and the importance of intergenerational relationships. Congrats to Matt de la Pena, who writes mostly YA, for his contribution to children’s literature.
I was also really happy to see “Roller Girl” as an honor winner, a great graphic novel with a delightfully snarky and imperfect main character.
As for the Sibert, I was happy to see Don Brown get an honor for pushing the envelope, yet again, with his graphic novel “Drowned” about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
I’m currently in the middle of YALSA winner Steve Sheinkin’s “Most Dangerous.” Steve keeps winning awards and deservedly so. The real question is how to make his books as accessible and widely known as the Newbery winners.