Okay, so maybe some of you do not recognize the lyric from an old song, but I meant it to lead into this observation about the aftermath of the Midwinter Conference. Here we all are more than a week later and folks are still buzzing about the awards. I was at a school today hosting a visit from author Christopher Paul Curtis. At lunch he was telling us how much he loved the Newbery winner and asking for input about the other award winners he might read next.

On yalsa-bk, the talk is of ARCs brought back from Seattle. We have, apparently, moved on to the books for 2008 awards.

And just as a non-sequitur, last week more than 150 secondary English teachers attended a YA session at the state English conference here in Texas. It seems YA is back and yalsa-bk provides a forum for us to talk about books and teens.

Posted by Teri Lesesne

I must confess that with all the committee meetings and other events at Midwinter, I was unaware that yalsa-bk dropped from sight for a time. Imagine my surprise when I began to read all the posts from those worried that it had disappeared totally because of the conference. In any event, all is now well and the messages are flying back and forth with lightning speed.

I think this says a lot about how we depend on yalsa-bk as a learning community. The discussion about the lists and the awards has been brisk as always. As a (now) former committee member of QP and Edwards, it is interesting to see the “Monday morning quaterbacking” about the deliberations and decisions. Even on my own committee, not all the books I thought deserving were included. That is the nature of committee decisions. There is compromise; there are passionate disucssions. Sometimes what one member thinks is noteworthy is not deemed so by another.

Seattle was a wonderful host to the meeetings. Weather was clear and most days saw some sunshine if only through the windows of the meeting rooms. I hope folks will plan now to come to DC and celebrate all the winners.

Posted by Teri Lesesne

As I read postings from the past week or so, I am struck by the incredible resource we have at hand. The discussion raging right now is focused on the awards that will be announced in about a month at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Talk of possible Printz candidates is racing across the miles that separate us and reminds us that we are connected through reading and books and this listserv.

YALSA-BK will celebrate its 10th birthday in 2007. In advance of this auspicious occasion, take some time to think about what YALSA-BK has accomplished in its “childhood.” How many of us are connected to folks across the country (and even around the globe) through this network? How many times have we turned to the “Collective Brain” and posted questions, questions that were answered in minutes?

One of the greatest resources, aside from the web site for YALSA, is this list that brings us together to talk about books and kids. We read the reviews posted by Richie and others. We argue about the award winners. We brainstorm lists of books on a wide variety of topics.

How will you celebrate the 10th birthday of YALSA-BK? One way is to continue to be actively involved. Reply to posts. Ask questions. Seek advice.

How did you begin your association with YALSA-BK? I bet we all have stories to tell. Share yours.