- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Happy Birthday Newbery!

Librarians standing in line to enter the party celebrating 100 years of the Newbery Award at #alaac22 spontaneously broke into singing “Happy Birthday” setting the tone for a late afternoon party to end all parties.

“Happy Birthday Newbery” cupcake

Nick Glass, Teaching Books, premiered the Newbery 100 Tribute Video with the covers of each winner and honor having its own screen time. Overlaid with the voices of awarded authors, the video brought enthusiastic applause and a few emotional tears.

Leonard Marcus, children’s literature historian, addressed the question of whether the Newbery had fulfilled its promise. We were reminded of so many firsts and boundaries expanded from science fiction to poetry to biography to picture books and more.

A bit of fun followed with an author librarian face-off hosted by Steve Sheinkin and Stacey Rattner, modeled after their popular YouTube series, “Author Fan Face-Off.” While the authors came out the winners of the face-off, the librarians in the room won the day with a marvelous party. And, really, we all have won with 100 years of excellence in children’s literature.

(Photo courtesy of guest blogger)


Conference guest contributor Crystal Faris (she, her, hers) leads the Youth & Family Engagement Team at Kansas City Public Library which includes staff working in the branches, in outreach, and with the Digital Media Lab. She’s most looking forward to attending the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet and hearing those speeches in person. Crystal has never met a piece of dark chocolate she did not like, has ballet season tickets with her son, shares a career with her daughter, and travels whenever possible with her husband.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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