It was tough. I am not going to lie. Every year it seems like the book choices get better and better. Every year I change my mind a million times. Every year I am surprised by some of the votes in some of the categories. And every year i reserve the right to not go with the popular vote but go with my gut instead. So this year is no different; some books won their categories fair and square, while others have yet to be discovered by a broader audience. I hope you will trust me that these choices will make for incredible conversations. I hope that you will trust me that it will be worthwhile for you to read aloud these books to your students or children starting October 5th. One thing though that I know for sure about all of our contenders and all of our finalists; they are incredible books that deserve to be read aloud. There are not just 4 winners here, but many.
We decided to do a video this year, rather than a write up. While this is the 5th version it is nowhere near perfect, but the others had all of my kids in them and you couldn’t hear half of it. So take a moment, watch the video, and then let me know your thoughts. Are you as excited about this year’s choices as I am?