About the Project
I will not read them in order, but in the order that I can find them or that they seem interesting to me.
It may take me a few years – I’ll read other stuff in between.
Edit: And when I do, I’ll review them, too!
I will give longer books 50 pages to hook me (I stole this rule from my 8th grade English teacher).
I will review each book that I read in 100 words. The 100-word limit is partly a challenge to me, a very verbose person, and partly because I’m sick of endless blogposts.
About the Medals
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. In 1922, the formal agreement with the Board of the ALA stated that the purpose of the Medal is “To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children’s reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.”
Each year the Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s books published the previous year. However, many persons became concerned that the artists creating picture books for children were as deserving of honor and encouragement as were the authors of children’s books. In 1937, the Caldecott Medal was created to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year.
I am in no way associated with the ALA, save one year’s employment in my undergraduate library and consistent ownership of library cards throughout my lifetime. I have taken on this project because I love books, and particularly love kids’ books. I truly believe that some of the best writing happens for young adults and independent readers. I read from these sections of the library voraciously.
About the Name
It has been suggested that Pan narrans would be a more accurate name for us than Homo sapiens. We are the storytelling chimpanzee, not the wise man. You might notice, however, that my name is pannarrens with an E. This is partly because I only ever heard it discussed out loud, and partly because the other spelling was taken. Oh well.
About the Image
I went looking for a good bookshelf image, and found this one. In doing so, I also discovered a fantastic illustrator, Colin Thompson. Ironically, he has never won a Caldecott.
About the Tags
I will tag books in terms of the topics I feel are most pertinent for those books, as well as a “Recommended” tag. You will also see tags for “Children’s”, “Juvenile”, and “Young Adult”. I consider the definitions of these age ranges as follows:
Children’s: Picture books or story books read aloud or silently by a child in early elementary school. Pre-school to 2nd or 3rd grade.
Juvenile: Chapter books appropriate for kids in later elementary and early middle school. 3rd to 7th or 8th grade. These books are also frequently shelved under “Independent Reader.” I’m not sure which term I dislike more.
Young Adult: Chapter books which, due to subject matter or scariness content, would be more enjoyable to kids in late middle school through high school. 7th to 12th grade