Friday, January 4, 2013

My Newbery Year

I've been looking forward to 2013 for one really big reason: it's the year I do massive amounts of reading as a member of the 2014 (John) Newbery Award Selection Committee.

I'm telling you about my committee appointment because it is going to directly affect how I talk about books on this blog. I've decided not to formally review any titles for the duration of my committee work--that is, if it's published in 2013, you won't see a review from me. I am a librarian, though, so I'll most definitely still be talking about books on this blog, albeit in a slightly different context than I have previously. What I read so often influences what I program for the kids at my library, and since I blog about my programs, titles and synopses of 2013 books related to my programming will necessarily enter the conversation. I want to take a moment to emphasize that any mention I make of 2013 titles on this blog reflects my personal thoughts, and mine alone; I could never dream of speaking for the intelligent, erudite people with whom I am serving on the committee, and I most definitely do not speak for the committee as a whole.

Really, that's what I wanted to say. I love talking about books, and I will mention 2013 titles as they pertain to the rest of the topics I blog about, but I will not be sharing reviews or criticisms here (although I will always love to hear what you have to say about what you're reading!).

I wish you happy reading this year, and I look forward to focusing on blogging about my programs and other topics in youth librarianship throughout 2013.


6 comments:

  1. Wow! You certainly have the reading ability to do this! I'm impressed. And really, really jealous. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! The Cybils definitely helped get me up to speed for what it takes to get ready for an award committee.

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  2. Amy, this is going to be a very special year for you (my year was Walk Two Moons!). For a youth librarian, there is nothing like the next 18 months. You'll work and read and think hard but savor every second - it will be unforgettable!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Marge! My mind is blown that you were on the committee for Walk Two Moons--I fell in love with Salamanca Tree Hiddle with my first reading. It's a beautiful book.

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  3. Yay Newbery!!!! I hope you have a FABULOUS reading year and I'mma keep my fingers crossed that I get to have a Newbery year at some point. ;)

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  4. Enjoy your time on the Newbery committee! Looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us in 2013. Happy reading to you, too.

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