Is it Christmas?
It was the ALA's Youth Media Awards Day. Each year at midwinter conference they announce who wins all the YMAs from Caldecott-Newbery-Printz+. It is the day I look forward to like a kid at Christmas. It's Oscars for KidsLit Book Geeks. It's is squee inducing. I'm in a Mock Newbery group on GoodReads that picks books throughout the year and then votes who we think should win. I also follow a few blogs of librarians who have been on the Newbery Committee before and we discuss the same things. I don't know if I've let my kidslit freak flag fly before -- but yeah, I want to be a chidren's librarian . . . and I have a spectacular dream of one day serving on a Newbery Committee. That may never happen, but I sure intend to figure out a way to run a local Mock Newbery group either at the local library or at Ellie's school when she's old enough.
p.s. Not so happy that local library is sadly lacking in distinguished titles. I just need to get rich so I can buy them all myself, but then I only by paperbacks so that would mess with my bookshelves. GRRRR.
p.p.s. Anyone interested in participating in the March Madness of KidsLit with me? Let me know - go see www.battleofthebooks.slj.com