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Books on Film: 2012 Newbery & Caldecott Speeches

While the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced in winter (January, usually), the recipients don’t get their medals and deliver their acceptance speeches until the ALA Annual Convention in summer (June, typically).

In the past, if you weren’t in the room for the speeches, there was no way to see them. Sure, you could read the text afterward printed in Children and Libraries and Horn Book Magazine, but video? Nothin’.

No longer, it appears, as the ALSC recently posted the 2012 Newbery and Caldecott speeches (from Jack Gantos and Chris Raschka, respectively) online. This is great, because Jack Gantos gave one of the craziest on record.

2012 Newbery Medal Speech

2012 Caldecott Medal Speech

(Thanks to Bookmoot for the link)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.