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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

I Would Like to Thank…

The annual meeting of the American Library Association begins this week. The winners of the various book awards are no doubt eyeing the festivities with some trepidation because they will be presenting speeches. This has been going on since the first Newbery Award was presented in 1922. Traditionally called “Acceptance Papers,” the speeches are the bull’s-eye of events that have over the years morphed from nice little white-glove luncheons into galas.

The Bookologist has been poring over the papers from the first 50+ years of the Newbery and Caldecott awards* and thought, in celebration of the speechifying that will soon be going on in San Francisco, to share some snippets from speeches past. Enjoy.

 

*Sources:

Mahoney, Bertha Miller, and Elinor Whitney Field, eds. Newbery Medal Books, 1922-1955, with Their Author’s Acceptance Papers & Related Material Chiefly from the Horn Book Magazine. Boston: Horn Book, 1955. Print.

Mahoney, Bertha Miller, and Elinor Whitney Field, eds. Caldecott medal books, 1938-1957, with the Artist’s Acceptance Papers & Related Material Chiefly from the Horn Book Magazine. Boston: Horn Book, 1957. Print.

Kingman, Lee, ed. Newbery and Caldecott medal books, 1956-1965: with acceptance papers, biographies, and related material chiefly from the Horn book magazine. Boston: Horn Book, 1965. Print.

Kingman, Lee, ed. Newbery and Caldecott medal books, 1966-1975: with acceptance papers, biographies, and related material chiefly from the Horn book magazine. Boston: Horn Book, 1975. Print.

 

 

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