The excitement is building!
Following signs cheerfully held by members of the hard-working Local Arrangements Committee, hundreds and hundreds of attractively attired lovers of children’s literature are being enthusiastically led to one of the most gala events of the ALA Conference: The Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet!
Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the general mood is one of excitement and anticipation. The order of events this evening includes opening remarks by ALA President Julie Todaro followed by dinner. At approximately 8:30 pm, Nina Lindsay, the ALSC President, will offer a brief welcome and convene the award presentation for the medalists and honorees. The program will feature acceptance speeches from Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill, Caldecott Medalist Javaka Steptoe, and Wilder Medalist Nikki Grimes; honorees will also be enthusiastically recognized. A receiving line will conclude this very celebratory event with as many as 1000 people going through the line to congratulate the winners.