Congratulations in your a hundredth birthday, Newbery! My ALSC Weblog colleagues have achieved a tremendous job writing about Newbery occasions for #alaac2022, so learn them (right here and right here and right here)! I need to share a couple of highlights of two great occasions.
Newberry 100 celebration!
Half trivia present, half creator meet and greet, half birthday celebration, this occasion was considered one of my favorites on the convention.
Historian, critic, and creator Leonard Marcus spoke concerning the historical past of the Newbery Medal. One among my favourite quotes of the night: “Each ebook is an expression of its personal imperfect time.” His huge quantity of data is second to none, and if you have not learn it but? The Minders of Make-ConsiderI strongly suggest it.
Steve Sheinkin and Stacey Rattner hosted an ‘Creator Fan Face-Off’. It was hilarious to observe authors overlook particular particulars about their very own books! It makes good sense although – if you’re working in your subsequent challenge, how straightforward wouldn’t it be to overlook these particulars! (For instance, Kwame Alexander forgets the punch line of a joke in The Crossover: “Do you all know what the mama turkey stated to her naughty son?” The reply: “In case your dad might see you proper now, he’d flip over his gravy! ”)
There was a fascinating camaraderie and love for kids’s books. Authors are celebrities to us kids’s librarians, however they’re solely human. After I was a child, totally different studying experiences felt like books did not even have authors — they have been magical creations. Assembly the artist does not break the magical spell, it offers the ebook expertise extra fairytale stuff. (I had a “fangirl” second assembly Erin Entrada Kelly. Personally, she’s sleek and humble and humorous!)
2022 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet
Caldecott winner Jason Chin’s speech targeted on the ability of steerage and described his mentor Trina Schart Hyman. It was a humble, shifting speech.
Newbery winner Donna Barba Higuera spoke concerning the energy of tales and her personal historical past of storytelling. How great it’s to win a science fiction novel this yr!
The Youngsters’s Literature Legacy Award went to Grace Lin, and it’s so nicely deserved. Her speech celebrated the ability of the story and shared her experiences of discrimination.
“Networking”: I admit that this time period instantly fuels my social nervousness. However I spotted throughout this occasion that this phrase does not must imply strolling round and giving your small business card to as many individuals as attainable. I spent a lot of the night with an illustrator describing her journey to publication, and a librarian from Kansas Metropolis. We had an encouraging dialog concerning the realities of advocacy. Getting assist for altering outdated insurance policies and constructing a progressive librarianship is tough work.
It was a pleasure to have fun the a hundredth anniversary of the Newbery Medal! Thanks to ALSC on your onerous work in planning these occasions. The little touches (little ornaments to take dwelling with Newbery successful ebook titles, Hershey’s kisses with stickers on the underside that learn 100 Newbery). A devoted group took the time to do these items, and it confirmed!
(Pictures courtesy of visitor blogger)
Convention Visitor Contributor Katie Clausen (she/her) is the Early Literacy Companies Supervisor at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL. Her specialties embrace discovery-based play, image ebook evaluation, and storytelling greatest practices. Throughout ALA, she’ll be munching on Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish and excited to attend The Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet. If she might learn a ebook for the primary time it might be The rabbit listened by Cori Doerrfeld.
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