For your entertainment pleasure, and drawing liberally from various reviews, industry gossip, and bloggy friends, I present my utterly random, probably obvious, and mostly meaningless predictions for the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Sibert awards in 2010. This is not, clearly, a comprehensive list. Or a comprehensible one, for that matter.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random). Duh. It's awesome and has gotten eleventy billion starred reviews. If this doesn't get recognized -- nay, if it doesn't WIN -- I will eat my hat. (Note to self: buy hat.)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Little, Brown). Beautiful storytelling, librarian-friendly hooks (folktale, multicultural, girl power), gorgeous package.