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Be Inspired By the 2016 ALSC Award Speeches!

Download Rafael Lopez' Belpre Acceptance Speech

Did you miss the ALSC media award acceptance speeches in Orlando? Or just want to enjoy them again at your leisure? PDFs of the Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Carnegie, Geisel, Newbery, Sibert, and Wilder acceptance remarks are available below.

Thanks to ALSC Marketing Intern Elizabeth Taft, we’ve also provided some images with quotes below. These inspiring quotes show the passion and dedication authors and illustrators bring to children’s literature.




Download Jerry Pinkney's 2016 Wilder Medal Acceptance Speech

Download Sam Ricks 2016 Geisel Acceptance Speech

Download Claudia Zoe Bedrick's 2016 Batchelder Award Acceptance Speech

Download Margarita Engle's 2016 Belpre Author Award Acceptance Speech

Download Sophie Blackall's 2016 Caldecott Medal Speech

Download Matthew de la Peña's Newbery Acceptance Speech

Download Matt de la Peña's 2016 Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech

Download David Bowles 2016 Belpre Author Honor Acceptance Speech

Download Meg Medina's 2016 Belpre Author Honor Acceptance Speech





  1. Debbie Reese

    Love this post! And, asking if you can include the speech that Tim Tingle gave, and Joseph Marshall, too, at the American Indian Library Association’s award banquet. I have both at my site:

    Here’s Tim Tingle’s speech:

    And here’s Joseph Marshall’s:

  2. Dan Bostrom Post author

    Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for your kind words and for bringing these links to my attention. I’ve passed along your request to our web manager.


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