I spent most of 2012 completely obsessed with which book was going to win the Newbery Medal. It was out of control.
I think this video does a nice job of showing just how obsessed I was. The video ran the weekend before the 2013 Youth Media Awards.
As happy as I was that The One and Only Ivan won the Newbery Medal, that shiny sticker didn’t change how I felt about Ivan. I am glad it helped put Ivan in front of more readers. For that I am grateful.
I’m going to spend the next week trying hard not to obsess over which book I think is going to win shiny stickers, and instead focus on celebrating all the wonderful books people are creating for the kids in our homes, classrooms, and libraries.