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Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement.

2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book Awards” and the near rave atmosphere of Youth Media Awards of today.

I’ve posted retro Newbery/Caldecott award videos in the past (2002, 2001)  and mentioned that it wasn’t that long ago that the speaker held up a physical copy of the winning book. Now the winner reveal is all PowerPointed out. For 2014, I’d like to see PowerPoint and physical copy – preferably pulled out of a dry ice-filled cauldron¹. Keep in mind that I’m angling to be the Youth Media Awards producer someday – this is just one of the fresh ideas that I’d bring to the job.

¹Although it is the whole physical copy thing that leads to a bit of confusion during the Caldecott honor announcements in the video, so perhaps this is not a good idea.

Factoid: 2000 was the year of the first Printz award – can you name it?

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.


  1. Sam Bloom says

    This is pretty cool – I agree, it would be nice to go back to something like this. Get on it, Mr. YMA Producer. And the first Printz was Monster by Walter Dean Myers (and I promise I knew it before watching the video!!)

  2. You have my vote all the way, Travis! And next year, you get to be one of the people in the know ahead of time…. Maybe you can give tips to the presenters!