Well, a years worth of reading and rereading and rereading some more is over. I spent the last week in Seattle as part of the Printz Committee and I loved every moment of it. It's so strange to not have to read something for committee and actually have free time again!
Yes, it took a lot of time and was a lot of work, but it was amazing and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I loved our committee and the discussions we had-I want to keep talking books with them all!
I've attended the Youth Media Awards before, but this year have even more special meaning to me. I knew I would be an emotional mess, and I was. I cried during our early morning phone calls to our authors and I cried as our titles were announced. Knowing that I was part of the group that chose these books is something so amazing I can't put into words what a thrill it was.
I can't tell you about our discussions, but I will say that I am so happy and thrilled with our titles. I know it was an unexpected list, but that's part of what made the reactions so fun. I hope that everyone will take time to read the books.
One thing I learned from my Printz year is that I will never again judge other committees picks. After you go through the hard work of reading and discussing, you know what goes into the process. And even if the book is something I might not have personally picked, I appreciate all the hard work each committee puts into the process and I think I have a new appreciation for the titles they choose. In the past I know I've wondered why a committee has chosen a particular title, but now, even though I may wonder why, boy do I appreciate the hard work they put into making that decision!
Congrats to all our authors and I can't wait to celebrate with everyone in Chicago!!
Happy reading everyone!
This years Printz titles are:
In Darkness by Nick Lake
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna