Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Becky and I am here to share with you my first pick of 2021 of a book that I feel should be considered for the Newbery Award. In case you’re not familiar with the award it is an award given out annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution for children’s literature. Book considered for this award must be aimed at an audience from birth to 14 years of age.
Title: The Sea in Winter
Author: Christine Day
Summary: Maisie Cannon dreamed of being a dancer, but after surgery to repair a dance injury, she may never be able to dance again. Maisie must decide where her new path in life will lead her and who she will become.
Newbery Considerations: Day’s novel focuses on issues of growing up, which are popular with Newbery Committees. Maisie’s journey to find her new path in life is relatable and reminiscent of past Newbery winners. The book is about that moment when childhood begins to fade, which is a common theme in middle-grade literature. Also, Day touched on clinic depression and how it impacts younger people through Maisie’s reaction to possibly losing her dream. The author handled the issue in a way appropriate for younger readers while staying respectful and factual. The author also explored blended families in a positive way that is not always found in children’s literature. Plus, Day highlighted Maisie’s Native American heritage as she learned about her family’s history. The storyline was engaging and informative while enriching the characters through their past. The Sea in Winter is Day’s second book, and it may get her noticed by the Newbery Committee.