Sagging Bookshelves and the Newbery
I haven’t posted anything yet for 2015 and it’s not entirely because I am lazy. 🙂
I have the great honor to be serving on the Newbery Committee for 2016. That means I will be reading all of the books that come out from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. My committee will announce our winners in January 2016. Hence it is referred to as the 2016 Newbery committee.
The American Library Association has a “conflict of interest” policy to ensure that no one on the acting committees (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) has any connections or are beholden in any way to publishers. It is imperative that the awards remain as pure as they always have been. The down side is that it means I cannot post reviews or put anything in print about any book that comes out in 2015. Heartbreaking for all of you , I know! 🙂 Doing so could possibly taint the award and I absolutely do not want to do that. It’s too important.
I will post this coming year. I’ll mention books that I discovered from 2014 that are great and I will certainly post my Best of the Year.
I have my first Newbery Award committee meeting in Chicago before long. At that meeting I will get specifics about what I can put in print and what I can’t. I will report back to you when I get these clarifications.
For now, happy 2015 reading! It should be a great year.