Get your collector’s edition now! While the limitations of technology (and the absence of a thrilling soundtrack and a screaming crowd) means that the tour de force with which Brian Selznick opened his Caldecott speech won’t have quite the same effect on paper, those same images can still be yours for as long as the acid-free paper holds out. Likewise, you won’t get the same dramatic impact of Laura Amy Schlitz’s bravura performance, but you will get every single word she rather breathtakingly memorized for a notes- or paper-free delivery. (As I’ve noticed about prior speeches, the thing on the page can be astoundingly different from the thing as written–what drew laughs in Schlitz’s speech Sunday night often provokes a more meditative response in print.)
You will only find the speeches in the printed Magazine, (which can be ordered from khedeen at hbookdotcom) but we have uploaded a selection of other articles, including profiles of Selznick and Schlitz by their editors, Simmons prof Amy Pattee on Sweet Valley High (and reflections by several authors on their own adolescent “guilty pleasure” reading) and my editorial on just why Newbery girls and the swingin’ teens of Sweet Valley are sisters under the skin.