Fuse #8

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Awardy Wardy Woo

Two new booklists have just come out, practically at the same precise moment. The first, thanks to Educating Alice, is the 2007 Notable Books in the English Language Arts. It's a short but worthwhile list. I was particularly pleased to see the inclusion of The Braid by Helen Frost, A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant, The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin, Rules by Cynthia Lord, To Dance by Sienna Segal, Oh Rats! by Albert Marrin, Team Moon by Catherin Thimmesh, Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey.

Still. No Fly By Night and no A Drowned Maiden's Hair. To my mind, every list should have at least one of these two.

Also, there was the announcement of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award winners:

The winner of the 2007 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Picture Books is Houndsley and Catina by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Candlewick).

The winner of the 2007 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers is: Alabama Moon by Watt Key (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Yay, Alabama Moon! Alongside... Houndsley and Catina, huh? Okay, fess up. Who's read this one?

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At 6:00 AM , Blogger Monica Edinger said...

Me, me, I've read Houndsley and Catina and adore it. And, as you can see, it is also not on the Notable Language Arts list. What can I say? You were on a committee; you know how things can play out. What is one person's dear love may be no one else's. So it goes.

At 8:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, though, Houdsley and Catina is wonderful. Quiet, unassuming and wonderful.

At 9:11 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Good. That's what I wanted to hear. Now to go find myself a copy...

At 9:17 PM , Blogger Kahla said...

I enjoyed it, as did the first and second graders I read it aloud to. I think even older kids could get some of the deeper messages about acknowledging what we're good (or not so good) at, and doing things for the wrong reasons, but the younger ones appreciate and identify with the characters and knowing that good friends are there even when you're not at your best.

At 4:47 PM , Blogger bb said...

Quite possibly my favorite blog subject line ever. Well done and kudos, Ms. Fuse...


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