What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child?
There was also much consternation from the Asian American community who bemoaned the set backs in stereotyping that Amy Chua’s hoopla is causing. It’s true. Growing up Asian in America means to most of us, imagery that includes thick glasses, school yard teasing and/or fights, and strange packed lunches. In the realm of children’s literature, this is slowly starting to change in an exciting way and now there are books that actually reflect what it means to be an Asian American child in America.
This was such a great list of books that I asked LiteratureForLunch for permission to repost and she graciously said yes. Enjoy!
I would recommend The Monkey King’s Daughter as a fun read for girls ages 8-12.
I am excited for this event! The Boston Public Library, the oldest public library in the United States, is having a fundraising tea party and book signing with these Newbery winning authors: Neil Gaiman, Karen Hesse, Grace Lin, Jerry Spinelli. It is Sunday, Sept 26th at 2:00. Kids, grades 3-8, are invited but need to be accompanied by an adult.
2010 Children’s Lit Award Winners: Caldecott, Newbery, Batchelder, Belpre, Geisel, and Silbert awards.
Lloyd Alexander’s The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen reminds me of Percy Jackson but the zen version or even a more swashbuckling version of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. For ages 8-14.
Round is a Mooncake written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Grace Lin, is an ebook for the iPhone or iPad about shapes with an Asian American Children’s Literature twist.
Grace Lin is the Amy Tan of Children’s Literature. Her latest book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is her best yet. Perfect for 2nd-5th graders or even older. She weaves Chinese folk tales into a tapestry of stories where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.