Monday, January 14, 2008

I can't believe it

Congratulations to Brian Selznick! Hooray for Hugo!

After all the talk about why it would be impossible for Hugo Cabret to win either the Caldecott or Newbery awards (and why it should win both) it actually won the Caldecott award! I'm am happy and amazed that it won. I saw Brian speak about creating The Invention Of Hugo Cabret at a conference. The speech, like the book, was amazing.

It will be interesting to see where illustrated books for children go from here. American Born Chinese (graphic novel) won a Printz last year and now The Invention Of Hugo Cabret (an illustrated book, but not a PB and not a graphic novel) won the Caldecott this year. I'm excited about the possibilities for the future.

I also wonder what the Picture Book communtiy is going to think about a novel winning the Caldecott instead of a PB. Any thoughts?

Congratulations to all the winners and honorees today!