On January 22, 2012 Tom Angleberger wrote a post on Nerdy Book Club titles “The Alexander Award”. In his post Tom suggest that an award be created for a book series.
The Alexander is given to a SERIES of worthy books. It is bestowed only when the last book of the series has been written.
It is named, of course, for Lloyd Alexander who wrote perhaps the greatest series of mid-grade fantasy ever concocted: The Prydain Chronicles. (Better know to me, at least, as the Taran books.)
You can read more about his post by clicking on the Nerd logo (that Tom designed) below:
I feel that it is fitting that this, the year that Tom has completed his unforgettable Origami Yoda series, that I award him the 2014 Alexander Award.
I could go on and on for a few hundred words about why Tom is deserving of this award, but I’ll keep it short and sweet.
In my opinion the Origami Yoda series is one of the greatest gifts children’s literature has received in the last half century. Yup. 50 freakin’ years. Tom has created a series that me and all my buddies would have been smitten over when we were kids. We needed a series like this. Kids today are so lucky to be able to read about Tommy, Dwight, and the rest of the gang.
I’ve seen so many students find their way into reading starting in the back of an Origami Yoda book folding paper. They spend a few days folding paper, and then BAM! they are 75 pages into The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
The paper folded in my classroom and the pages read because of Tom’s books is a gift more precious to me than anything I will ever find under a tree.
Another reason why I believe Mr. Angleberger needs to be recognized is his love for his readers. Tom has changed the way writers interact with their fans. He Skypes. He Tweets. He Instagrams(?). If you haven’t checked out the interaction he has on his website with his Super Folders you are really missing out. Tom fits 36 hours worth of work into each 24 hour day.
Thank you Mr. Angleberger for your contribution to children’s literature. I have read, and will continue to read, everything that you write. You make us all better educators.
You, sir have earned the Alexander Award.