While we don’t yet know who will start off the 2021 edition of this durable series, originally published by the Horn Book and now a joint production with ALSC and ALA, the latest collection of the Newbery and Caldecott speeches is now available.
In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2001-2010 includes, along with the acceptance speeches, the profiles of the Medalists and reviews of the winning books that were first published in the Horn Book Magazine. Plus you get overviews of the decade of Newberys (by Nina Lindsay), Caldecotts (Joanna Rudge Long) and children’s publishing in general (yours truly). Available from ALA right now and, for a discount, at the ALA store at Midwinter this coming weekend.
And for those of you STILL ASKING for copies of Stephen Gammell’s 1989 Caldecott speech, STOP. He never wrote one. The Horn Book never published one. What you heard, if You Were There That Night, was forty-some minutes of extemporized madness.