Awards follow up – the wonders of reading

Slice of Life logoA few weeks ago I shared the books our Chapter and Verse book group were reading. We met last week and voted for books we liked or thought might be worthy of an award. You need to keep in mind

  • we were reading a small group of books from 2015
  • we did not include the fall published books since our list came out in late August (not everyone read consumes books at the same rate)
  • some read and some did not so they did not vote
  • some voted but really did not look at the criteria for the award

As you can see a small group of local readers is just that a small group of local readers. We are not an award committee. We are the retired librarians, teachers, grandmas and anyone who just likes reading children’s books. At times we have a wonderful discussion and other times the response can be “I just don’t like it.”

What is wonderful is that they/we are all readers! This group of mainly older people – who are reading, asking questions about books and thinking about how children might view these stories. This group is reflecting on the changes we see in books today and what makes those changes. This group is wondering about what books will become classics for this generation of children.

I personally think is it wonderful when people read, wonder and talk about the world we live in. We all change in some small way when we read and share.

So here is what we read and who won:

Printz Award: 41rQvhk5jqL._AA160_

  • Audacity – our winner
  • Saint Anything
  • Mosquitoland

Sibert Award

  • Stonewall – our winner51AAOSXSHvL._AA160_
  • Enormous Smallness
  • The Death of a Hat

Newbery Award  – this was a very close vote for all three

  • Stella By Starlight – our winner 22546133
  • Echo
  • The War that Saved by Life


  • Red: a crayon story – our winner51yuJ03e5FL._AA160_
  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • Should you be a River


Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

The real awards will be announced on January 11!

I can’t wait to see what the actual committees are thinking!

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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5 Responses to Awards follow up – the wonders of reading

  1. Lisa Orchard says:

    I love this list of books. I’ve added quite a few of them to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing. I’m stopping over from a Slice of Life. 🙂 Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. newtreemom says:

    It sounds like it would be such fun to be part of that group!

  3. arjeha says:

    Love your list of winners especially Stella by Starlight since I got Sharon Draper to be a featured speaker at the conference I am chairing I in 2016.

  4. elsie says:

    What a fun concept for a reading group! The War That Saved My Life would have been my pick.

  5. crbrunelle says:

    Fun idea. I haven’t read any of those YA titles. I’ll have to look for them.

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