2022 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet information and FAQs

Celebrate the Newbery, Caldecott, and Legacy award winners at this celebratory event!

Date and Location
Sunday, June 26, 2022 | Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C. Ballroom 

General Information
Join ALSC for the annual celebration of the year's Newbery and Caldecott medalists and honorees, and the year's Legacy awardee! This highly-anticipated event brings together the ALSC community to celebrate excellence in children's literature. ALSC is excited to, once again, gather together in 2022. Here you can find information on:
Individual Tickets - The Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet is sold out! Please contact Sarah Polen to determine if any extant ticket holders are willing to sell or give away tickets.
Table Reservations
Table Prices
Event Schedule
Event FAQs

Individual Tickets
Individual tickets are available for purchase through ALA Conference registration at https://2022.alaannual.org/. Individual ticket holders will find open seating at non-reserved tables. If you order 10 individual tickets from conference registration, you will be ordering 10 individual, open-seating tickets. Individual ticket holders who reserve their ticket before the conference will pick up their banquet ticket on their first day of the conference at registration. If you've already registered for Annual Conference but would like to add a banquet ticket to your registration, please email alaregistration@csreg.zohodesk.com

As individual tickets are tabled on a first-come, first-serve basis and tablemates cannot be pre-determined or guaranteed, tables for open seating will seat approximately 7-8/table, to allow for some distancing during dinner. 

Table Reservations
Table sales for the 2022 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Award Banquet have now closed. Please contact Sarah Polen for further information. 
A pre-purchased table clan accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends and colleagues. Table reservations and locations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so order soon to be close to the action. 

Q: How many seats are at each table?
A: Each pre-reserved table can accommodate up to 10 individuals. Open seating tables, for individual ticket holders, will have no more than 8 seats to a table. 

Q: I want to sit with nine of my friends; can I purchase a table?
A: Yes! Anyone attending the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet may place a table order. The table must be purchased as a whole (no partial table sales) and paid for in a single transaction. If you would like to host a table, simply recruit up to nine of your friends and/or colleagues who have not yet purchased individual tickets and purchase a table at one of the below levels in a single transaction. (Purchase link coming soon!) Please note: individually-purchased tickets may not be applied toward the cost of the table. 

Q: I need two or more tables. Will they be located together?
A: ALSC makes every effort to locate tables together, as long as tables are ordered at the same time and pricing level. ALSC is not able to guarantee that tables will be co-located if an additional table is ordered after your initial table order. 

Q: How do I reserve my table?
A: Please purchase your table as soon as possible (purchase link coming soon). Due to limited room capacity this year, ALSC anticipates a sold-out event. Please note: tables are not considered reserved until payment is received. 

Q: How do I request a vegetarian or other special meal?
A: Each table host will be sent an email in early June with instruction on making meal requests. Table hosts should pas the email instructions on to their table guests. 

Q: How will I receive my table tickets?
A: In mid-June, the ALSC office will email you all 10 of your etickets with the table number printed on them. You can then distribute those tickets to your table guests. 

Table Prices

Notable Table - $1,100

  • Ten (10) tickets to the banquet dinner with guaranteed assigned seating
  • Full slide in the banquet presentation, recognized as a Notable Sponsor

 Silver Table - $1,900

  • Ten (10) tickets to the banquet dinner with choice seating
  • Full slide in the banquet presentation, recognized as a Silver Sponsor
  • Post-event acknowledgement from ALSC in ALSC's newsletter

Gold Table - $2,500

  • Ten (10) tickets to the banquet dinner with preferred seating
  • Full slide in the banquet presentation, recognized as a Gold Sponsor
  • Post-event acknowledgement from ALSC in ALSC's newsletter
  • Post-event acknowledgement from ALSC in ALSC's journal, Children & Libraries

Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet Schedule
Coming Soon!

Other Banquet FAQs
Q: Will there be open seating for this year's Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet?

A: Unfortunately, there will not be open seating the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet this year. As ALSC and ALA return to in-person events, there have been hard decisions about how to limit each room and each event's capacity; one way to do this at the Banquet is to have a clear number of how many people will be in this well-attended event - which is not something that can be accomplished with open seating. 

ALSC invites everyone to drop by the Newbery100 Celebration (more information coming soon!) and to look for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Legacy winners' speeches, which will be posted on the ALSC website after the banquet. We are hopeful that we will return to open seating for the banquet in 2023. 

Q: Can I catch the Conference shuttle to the Marriott?
A: You might be able to catch the conference shuttle to the banquet; the shuttle bus schedule has, unfortunately, not been posted yet. However, the shuttle will not be running at the end of the evening; please make your post-event travel plans accordingly. 

Q: Help! I've lost my ticket!
A: Please visit the information desk, located outside the banquet room doors, as soon as possible upon your arrival. Your name will be verified against a roster, and you will be issued a replacement ticket to present to your server. 

Q: Will tickets be available at the door?
A: Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. 

On occasion, a guest will not be able to attend. If far enough in advance, they may try to sell the ticket on ALSC social media sites, such as ALA Connect. We have also had situations where those who have extra tickets bring them to the information desk, free to the first person who inquires about extra tickets. 

Q: Are there assigned seats? How do I find a seat?
A: Those who purchase an individual ticket are not assigned a seat. Those ticket holders may sit at any unreserved table. As a reminder, doors open at 6:30pm. Attendees will not be allowed in the room before this time, so ALSC and hotel staff can finish setting the room and making final preparations for this evening. 

Those who purchased a table will receive a table assignment in advance, in addition to their table's tickets. For reserved tables, there will be an opportunity for one person to enter the banquet room early to assign seats and otherwise 'set' that table; ALSC will be in touch with all table purchases in June to schedule the logistics of placing seating arrangements for reserved tables.

Q: What Covid-19 safety policies are in place?
A: Please see the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Covid-19 Safety page for Annual Conference policies.

Q: What should I wear?
A: The Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet is a special, celebratory evening. Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire. Please bring a wrap, sweater, or jacket, as the room is large and can be cool. 

Face masks are required at all ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition programming. Per ALA Conference Services, masks are required at all ALA events and ALA contracted venues, including but not limited to meetings in hotels, the convention center, the exhibit floor, and on shuttle busses, regardless of what is required by law at the time of Conference. Anytime an attendee is not actively eating or drinking, they are expected to wear a mask. Masks are to be worn properly (over mouth and nose). 

Q: I am a vegetarian. How do I request a vegetarian meal?
A: Guests who provided an email address when registering for their individual ticket will receive an email mid-June with a special web URL where they can place special meal requests. Table hosts will be asked to send the same email requests to their guests. Reminders for deadlines on special meal requests will be sent out in late May and early June, and will be determined based on catering deadlines. 

Q: Is the cash bar open throughout dinner?
A: Yes, a cash bar will be open in the back of the room throughout the course of dinner. 

Q: Will the authors/illustrators be signing books?
A: The Medalists and Honorees will not be signing books during the banquet. However, check the conference program guide - there is a good chance they will be signing in their publishers booth at some point during the conference. 

Q: Will there be a receiving line?
A: In an effort to meet in-person event best-practices in the current climate, this year's event will not include a receiving line. ALSC encourages attendees to check schedules at publishers' booth - creators often have book signings there!

Q: I have another question not answered here.
A: Please send any other questions to Sarah Polen, Program Officer for Continuing Education.