Monday, January 14, 2008

If a poem falls in the forest

Well, today has been a great day for poetry.

Let's look at the awards with our poet-goggles on, shall we?

The Belpre Award went to The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography in Poems of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarite Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls.

The Schneider Family Book Award went to Tracie Vaughn Zimmer's free-verse novel, Reaching for Sun.

Twelve Rounds to Glory by Charles R. Smith, illustrated by Bryan Collier, won a Coretta Scott King honor.

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, won a Theodore Seuss Geisel honor.

The Newbery went to Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd and Tina Schart Hyman.

And a Printz honor went to Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill.

The first-ever Odyssey award for best audiobook production went to Jazz by Walter Dean Myers.

Yes indeed, a great day for poetry.

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