Okay, here's how dumb I am. I was told that if I went to the ALA website I could watch the announcements of the Newbery/Caldecott Medals; and so I went to that website, and clicked on something, and sure enough there was a room full of excited people, and committees being introduced, and much cheering at each announcement. It went on for quite a long time. 

When they announced Christopher Paul Curtis's Elijah of Buxton I thought: Gee, I thought that was last year's book. Well, maybe it carried over into this year as well, and lucky him, he's getting awards two years in a row.  Then I thought the same thing when the Caldecott went to Brian Selznick for HUGO CABRET.

You know how this ends, of course. I watched and watched and watched, award after award, and it wasn't until the very end that I realized I was watching the 2008 ceremony, not 2009.

So I simply read the list of this year's winners. Congratulations to Neil Gaiman!

And actually, even though I haven't read any of the award winners---I did know of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.  Based on reviews, I gave it to one of my step-grandaughters for her 12th birthday this past November. (I think I gave her twin sister THE HUNGER GAMES).