For younger readers, since 1922 the Newbery has honored the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” and the Caldecott has honored the artist of the best picture book since 1938. A relative newcomer, The Michael L. Printz Award began in 2000 and honors the best books written for teens each year.
While the process is top secret, for months prior and right up to the finale, mock committees debate and gossip abounds on which books will take the top honors. The awards will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 27.
Until then, check out some of the contenders that have received rave reviews and see if you can pick the winner.
I listened to the audio of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and absolutely love this heartbreaking story. Told in alternating voices of the two main characters, it captures the joy, pain and insecurity of high school life and first love. The story will make you cringe and cry.
Upcoming Events for Teens
Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Un-Valentines Party – A joint TAG meeting with games, pizza and prizes. All students in 6th grade and up are invited to this fun, informal social for a chance to meet TAG members from all three branches, share ideas and have fun!
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11@ Warrenton Library
Teen Writing Club – Do you love to write? Would you like to get positive feedback on your work and connect with other teen writers? Join one of the library’s Teen Writing Clubs
Tuesday, Feb. 4 & 18 @ 7 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 4 pm
John Marshall Library
Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 5 pm
Do you know Poe? There's only one week left to enter our Edgar Allan Poe Trivia Challenge. Pick up a trivia sheet at any Fauquier library location or enter online here for a chance to win movie passes and books.
Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library