Sunday, January 20, 2008

Poll results

It's time to post results from my poll about favorite American Library Association awards.

Question: Which American Library Association awards do you like the best?

Answers:

1st place (15 votes)

  • John Newbery Medal : most distinguished contribution to children's literature

2nd place (8 votes each)

  • Randolph Caldecott Medal: most distinguished American picture book for children
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: books for beginning readers

3rd place (4 votes each)

  • Alex Awards: adult books that appeal to a teen audience
  • Michael L. Printz Award: young adult literature
  • Schneider Family Book Award: books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

4th place (3 votes each)

  • Odyssey Award: audio books
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award: authors and illustrators who have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children

5th place (2 votes)

  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award: non-fiction books

6th place (1 vote each)

  • May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award: recognizes an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award: translated books originally published in other countries
  • Pura Belpré Award: recognizes Latino authors and illustrators
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal: children's video
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award: lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award: recognizes African American authors and illustrators
  • None of the above
Note, this poll was for the awards themselves. To vote for your favorite 2008 ALA Award winners, see the poll on the sidebar.

A few comments about the results:
I was surprised that the votes for the Newbery were double the votes for the Caldecott. I always consider these two awards as equals.

I was also surprised (in a good way) at how many votes the Geisel Award for early readers recieved. I love the Geisel, and I follow it pretty closely, but it seems to me that not that many people know about the award yet (which is only it it's third year).

Other polls currently running:
What's your preferred method of travel in the Harry Potter world?

Are you a member of a book club?

And I just put together a new poll: which Hogwarts subject would you most like to study? The emphasis is on the subject, not the teacher. Let's assume you can select a teacher of your choice for classes such as Divination, Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts (otherwise, those choices probably wouldn't poll too well). And I added Occlumency... which, while not technically in the official course of study, would be an incredibly useful skill to have.

Have any suggestions for polls relating to children's books, comic strips or Harry Potter? Wizards Wireless is always happy to hear them!

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