"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
(Title borrowed from a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
As one does, I'm always on the road to self-betterment both personally and professionally. This current project came about as I thought long and hard about my career goals. Every day I'm surrounded by fantastic agents who have ferried authors through their careers to become #1 bestsellers and award winners. What I want to achieve when I eventually become an agent, of course, includes bestselling books, however, one of the most important goals I have is to represent award-winnings authors. Authors whose work is held up as an example of the highest standard in writing.
With that in mind, I wondered how I could best set myself up to achieve this feat. I'm a life-long reader who is immersed in the goings-on of the industry, however, I didn't feel like that was enough. Therefore, I'm now working on reading every Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz award-winning or nominated book.
I'm inviting you to read as many (or as few) titles as you want along with me.
How's it going? Check out my progress so far. A (*) denotes titles that I really love-love-loved.
Currently Reading: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (1985 Medal, Greenwillow)
*This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (2013, Candlewick Press)
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1986, Houghton)
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1982, Houghton)
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1970, Windmill Books)
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1964, Harper)
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1963, Viking)
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1942, Viking)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2015 Honor, Nancy Paulsen Books)
Doll Bones by Holly Black (2014 Honor, Margaret K. McElderry Books)
*Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (2013 Honor, Roaring Brook Press)
*When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2010 Medal, Wendy Lamb Books)
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (2007 Medal, Simon and Schuster)
Holes by Louis Sachar (1999 Medal, Frances Foster)
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (1998 Honor, HarperCollins)
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (1998 Honor, HarperCollins)
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (1995 Medal, HarperCollins)
*The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Medal, Houghton)
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (1985 Medal, Greenwillow)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (1982 Honor, Morrow)
*From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1968 Medal, Atheneum)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1963 Medal, FSG)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1959 Medal, Houghton)
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1953 Honor, Harper)
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (2014 Medal)
*Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (2000 Honor)