I have spent lots of time recently looking at the polling data.
The information I’m talking about is not political polling data. I know better than to discuss that topic with friends, family, or colleagues.
My subject of choice is the children’s book award polling data.
Children’s librarians love to participate mock election programs to predict the winners of the America Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. These events are a great opportunity to learn more about some of the great, new books for kids.
This year I participated in the Butler Children’s Literature Center’s Mock Pura Belpré Award.
I had a great time freely sharing my thoughts and opinions while campaigning for my favorite titles.
Alas, my choice was not the top vote-getter in the mock election or for the actual award. Since voting is a secret ballot process, I won’t tell which author and illustrator got my vote.
But if you’re looking for great suggestions for books that celebrate the Latino cultural experience I would love to talk to you the next time you are in the library.
Until then, take a look to see which of these honored books you might enjoy sharing with your children.