For the sheer fun of it, this year I decided to present the first ever, Orange Marmalade Book Awards.
I’m calling them the Juicies. Years from now, authors and illustrators will await the Annual Orange Marmalade Juicy (OMJ) announcement with bated breath. Author blurbs will drip with references: “Twice awarded an Orange Marmalade Juicy!” “Winner of the coveted OMJ award!” I can see it all…
Fact: I should never be on a book award committee. Narrowing down the 2015 books I’ve read this year to arrive at my top favorites; shaving the last titles oh-so-painfully off my lists…Sheesh! If I had to do this for an Award that Actually Counts for Something, I would be a wreck.
Mostly, I wanted to draw attention to books that epitomize the core values on my blog. I added a few extra categories so I could squeeze in (did you catch the pun?) a few more titles. Many books I adore are sadly missing here because otherwise…it would just turn back into my whole blog.
All of these are linked to my initial review.
And now, without further ado, I give you (insert drum roll)
The 2015 Orange Marmalade Juicy Books Awards .
The Juiciest:Special Delivery Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell/Roaring Brook Press Love the plausibility of imagination here and the fact that Great-Aunt Josephine is clearly just as imaginative as young Sadie. Matthew Cordell’s loving, quirky interpretation of the story is merely perfect.
The Juiciest:Water is Water Miranda Paul and Jason Chin/Roaring Brook Press The depiction of the water cycle is creative; the racially-diverse kids occupied in many, lovely outdoor pursuits make it the juiciest.
Oh-So-Juicy:No Yeti Yet Mary Ann Fraser/Peter Pauper Press
The Juiciest:Over the Hills and Far Away Elizabeth Hammill, editor/Candlewick A plethora of voices and origins, accompanied by exuberantly diverse illustrations brings cultural diversity to the very youngest of listeners.
The Juiciest:How the Sun Got to Coco’s House Bob Graham/Candlewick Pondering the unsung journey of sunlight, the unfathomable vastness of the world it touches, then bringing us home with the intimacy of an awakening family — brilliant.
The Juiciest:Last Stop on Market Street Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson/G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers This glorious grandmother, rich in wisdom and love, gently calls us to help others rather than focus on our own troubles. Robinson’s art knocks this one out of the ballpark. Probably my favorite book of the year.