The 2011 Youth Media Awards will be announced on January 10th. With that in mind, I would like to issue a challenge for 2011.
2011 Youth Media Wards Reading Challenge.
This will run from January 2011 through December 2011. The challenge is to read at least 12 award winning books. The books can be from the following categories: Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz.
If you are feeling truly brave you can go for 36 books – 12 books from each award. The books should be the actual medal winner, not an honor book.
John Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for "The Story of Mankind." Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come. It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. For a list of Newbery books click here.
Randolph Caldecott Medal The Randolph Caldecott Medal honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. Dorothy P. Lathrop won the first Caldecott Medal in 1938 for "Animals of the Bible." Receiving the Caldecott Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come. It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. For a list of Caldecott winners click here.
Michael L. Printz Award The Michael L. Printz Award honors excellence in literature written for young adults. The annual award, first given in 2000, is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist.
The award is named in honor of the late Michael L. Printz, longtime YALSA member and Topeka, Kans., school librarian, known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults. "Mike," as his friends and colleagues knew him, served on both the YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults and Margaret A. Edwards Award Committees.
More information on the Printz Award can be found here.
I will post a linky for reviews. In December, I will hold a random drawing for a prize. Winners will be picked from those who completed the challenge. I will also host a random drawing for reviews that are posted.
If you would like to participate please sign up using the form below. If you blog, please post on your blog. If you are not a blogger and would like to participate, please let me know where you will be tracking your reads. You can sign up any time before December 3, 2011.