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Work on volume three begins Monday!

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.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >This makes me want a copy of Stephen Gammell's 1989 Caldecott speech more than ever.

  2. Stephanie Greene says:

    >What a terrific idea. Every year, I wait for issue of The Horn Book to arrive that I know will have the acceptance speeches. They're an incredible inspiration. This book is a must-read.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >It seems amazing to me, in our time of omnipresent, hand held gadgets, that in 1989 no one would have had a camera–or at least an audio device–on that event to record it…

  4. KT Horning says:

    >Anon @ 1:54, you wouldn't have wanted to hear it. Trust me. It was worse than the time my younger brother pitched for his Little League baseball team, and twice as long.

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