Newbery 2016: If Only I Could Have Been a Fly on the Wall

Last Stop on Market Street

I did not post my Mock Newbery choice this morning because I was conflicted.  Echo or The War That Saved My Life?  Echo I read last winter.  The War That Saved My Life, I started last night.  Read half of it and would have stayed up and read; but decided to be a responsible adult and go to bed.

This morning, we live streamed the awards ceremony at the library.  Two minutes after we opened, the Newbery Award was announced.  I was shocked.  Not because the book isn’t great;  but because it’s a picture book.  This year, the announcer seemed to emphasize what the Newbery award is  “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”  When my top two were announced as Honor Books, I was perplexed what book would win.  Then, the announcement came.  The Last Stop on Market Street.  I wrote about this book last January…Two Books One Illustrator.  It was one of my Five Star Picture Books this year.  After reflection, I agree this is the most distinguished book to American literature for children this year.

Newbery Award winners stay in print.  I’m glad this book will be read by generations of children.

This book was also chosen as a Caldecott honor book.  Appropriately.  I don’t know if a book has ever received a Newbery Medal and Caldecott Honor.  I’d use my super librarian skills to research the answer.  But I’m doing the responsible thing. . . presenting storytime.

It’s hard to be an adult sometimes.  Luckily, I can escape it from time to time by reading quaility books for children.