That man you would see in the video above is John Peters, my boss of the past four years. He is perhaps THE most knowledgeable person I know in the field of children’s literature. Yesterday was John’s last day, as he officially retired from working at New York Public Library. During his time (he began in 1980) he served on everything from the Caldecott committee (Black & White) to the Newbery (A View from Saturday). I am pleased to see that he will serve yet again as part of the 2012 Caldecott committee.
Good luck, John! And please visit often. I’m gearing up for facing what I approximate to be about fifteen years’ worth of people walking in saying, “John’s gone? GONE??” with horror in their eyes.
We will all miss him very very much.