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In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals, 2001-2010
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and The Horn Book
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3586-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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248 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3586-6
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, C, G

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Winners of the most respected prizes in children’s literature speak out in an exclusive collection of acceptance speeches, culled from the archives of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and The Horn Book magazine. Featuring authors and illustrators selected during the past 10 years, the book includes speeches by
  • Neil Gaiman (Newbery 2009)
  • David Wiesner (Caldecott 2002, 2007)
  • Kate DiCamillo (Newbery 2004)
  • Jerry Pinkney (Caldecott 2010)
  • 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.
Table of Contents


The Changing Landscape of Children’s Book Publishing
Roger Sutton

The Caldecott Medal Books, 2001-2010
Joanna Rudge Long

Newbery Medal Books, 2001-2010
Nina Lindsay

So You Want to Be President
David Small
Author Profile by Patricia Lee Gauch

A Year Down Under
Richard Peck
Author Profile by Marc Talbert

The Three Pigs
David Wiesner
Author Profile by Anita Silvey

A Single Shard
Linda Sue Park
Author Profile by Dinah Stevenson

My Friend Rabbit
Eric Rohmann
Author Profile by Philip Pullman

Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author Profile by Donna Bray

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Mordicai Gerstein
Author Profile by Elizabeth Gordon

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
Kate DiCamillo
Author Profile by Jane Resh Thomas

Kitten’s First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
Author Profile by Susan Hirschman

Cynthia Kadohata
Author Profile by Caitlyn M. Dlouhy

The Hello, Goodbye Window
Chris Raschka
Author Profile by Richard Jackson

Criss Cross
Lynne Rae Perkins
Author Profile by Virginia Duncan

David Wiesner
Author Profile by Dinah Stevenson

The Higher Power of Lucky
Susan Patron
Author Profile by Virginia A. Walter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick
Author Profile by Tracy Mack

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
Laura Amy Schlitz
Author Profile by Mary Lee Donovan

The House in the Night
Beth Krommes
Author Profile by Ann Rider

The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Author Profile by Elise Howard

The Lion and the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
Author Profile by Andrea Spooner

When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead
Author Profile by Wendy Lamb

About the Authors

For more than eight decades, librarians from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) have intensely scrutinized the children's books published each year, selecting the winning and honor books for the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. In addition, the ALSC division of the 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.

"With budgets reduced everywhere, many of us feel guilty about spending on 'professional' titles. Is it worth buying a book only a few patrons will read? But this decade’s worth of Newbery and Caldecott acceptance speeches, arranged chronologically, has appeal for anyone interested in the power of literature for children ... Even if you’ve heard a few of these speeches already, this is a must for most public libraries and children’s literature collections."

"A treasure trove for librarians preparing promotional talks or annotated lists of recommended reading. Reviews from The Horn Book are often models of critical evaluation, and the complementary profiles broaden the reader’s knowledge of the scope and significance of the author or illustrator’s work. A friendly, professional tone and helpful index make it easy for the busy librarian to consult this work."
--The Australian Library Journal

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