The Weather Machine People have given me a snow day to work on revisions; thank you, beneficient rulers. We've already had yummy whole wheat pancakes (frozen rain made the trek to the coffee shop seem less appealing), and, yes, the dogs got their half a Mickey Mouse pancake each.
The WaPo also has a piece today basically recycling Anita Silvey's SLJ essay that made the rounds in October and November, questioning whether the Newbery has gotten too downer with its selections in recent years. I still say that Laura Amy Schlitz should have won for A Drowned Maiden's Hair instead of Good Masters, Sweet Ladies, and I suspect we might not be having this conversation had that happened. Whatever the case, and I think there are some valuable points raised on all sides, the Newbery is still one of the most influential, coveted awards in all of litdom and that seems unlikely to change. (Via Sarah.)