For immediate release | January 14, 2011

Newbery and Caldecott award winners speak out

CHICAGO — “In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals, 2001-2010” from ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is an exclusive collection of acceptance speeches from the winners of the most respected prizes in children’s literature. Culled from the archives of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and The Horn Book, this book features authors and illustrators selected during the past 10 years, including speeches by
  • Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott 2010)
  • Neil Gaiman (Newbery 2009)
  • David Wiesner (Caldecott 2002, 2007)
  • Kate DiCamillo (Newbery 2004)
  • Avi (Newbery 2003)
Each speech is accompanied by The Horn Book review of the winning title and a biographical profile of its celebrated creator. Three insightful introductory essays examine changes in youth publishing during the last decade, rounding out an engaging glimpse at the originality of the writers and artists whose work informs the direction of children’s literature.
For more than eight decades, librarians from ALSC have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. ALSC, a division of ALA, is committed to creating a nation of readers, starting with the youngest. ALSC supports all those providing library services to children, including youth librarians, teachers, families, literature experts, publishers and child advocates.
The Horn Book was founded in 1924 to herald the best in children’s literature.
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Jill Davis