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Books on Film: Enter the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine

YMA 1999

What’s this? A librarian at a podium holding up a physical copy of a book? We must have stumbled into the Newbery/Caldecott Wayback Machine.

Before the live webcast, before social media, before the Geisel, before it was even called the Youth Media Awards, we had the “Newbery & Caldecott Medals Award Ceremony” on C-SPAN2. I’ve located 2000, 2001, and 2002 in the past, but today we have 1999. They ran the show a little differently then.

The Newbery winner that your is my favorite middle grade novel of all time, Holes by Louis Sachar.

Sachar NBA

And as an added bonus they throw in his acceptance speech for the National Book Award at the end.

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 scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.