And savor I do. The books honored ran the gamut from picture books through easy readers; fiction to non-fiction; biography, graphic novels, poetry, folklore and did I mention, fiction, fiction, fiction! There are books for every reading taste and age and the richness and variety of award winners and honorees in this particular year speaks volumes for the depth of the literature being produced for youth in our country today.
By purchasing these books for our childrens and teen collections, we strengthen our offerings to our communities - and we send a strong message to the publishing community that we do want great books for kids that stretch the envelope and enrich the lives of our reading kids. So let's buy 'em (if you haven't already), let's read 'em and let's booktalk and sell 'em to the kids and teens!