This year the U.S. section has nominated Walter Dean Myers in the author category and Eric Carle in the illustrator category, two rock stars of children’s literature if you ask me. So slam dunk for America, right? Not so fast when you see who they’re up against: Eoin Colfer and P. J. Lynch (from Ireland), David Almond and Michael Foreman (from the UK), and Switzerland’s Etienne Delessert (interestingly, the Swiss didn’t nominate an author–maybe they couldn’t come up with a second entrance fee with the bad economy).
I’m still going with either Myers or Carle though, or maybe even both. After all, it’s been 11 years since the last American HCA winner (Katherine Paterson). The time is ripe (just like Chicago for 2016!).