As librarians from all over the country gather this weekend in Seattle for the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference I can’t help but think to myself, golly gee I hope The One and Only Ivan wins the Newbery Medal. If it doesn’t win, I’ll be sad. If it doesn’t win or honor, I will be mad.
I keep telling myself to keep things in perspective and think about what is important this weekend. When I think about things that way I feel a lot less stressed about Ivan and the Newbery. Instead, I think about 1000s of librarians talking about books. I start to think about the passionate educators honing their craft and doing whatever it takes to find that perfect book for each and every child that walks through the doors of their library.
I feel much better now.
I’ll leave you with a couple of videos that you might find fun or silly as we head into a weekend celebrating librarians.
I’m super excited that the 2014 Newbery Committee is haning out for the first time. My kids made a video for them last school year.