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Newbery/Caldecott 2020

While trolling about the internet I accidentally typed “Newbery/Caldecott Banquet 2020) into my search engine when looking for info on this year’s event.  It got me to thinking.  What will the world of children’s books look like in ten years?  Ten years is not a long time.  Insofar as I can determine, we will all be alive.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. When I first saw your post, I thought you were commenting on today’s Carnegie win by Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard book, the first to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie!

    Re 2020…I hope the roll we’re on right now with great children’s books continues!

  2. Hmmm. One of the biggest trends in recent years has been the expansion of the ALA’s awards to include more distinct types of books: YA, easy reader, nonfiction. Will that continue?

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Amusingly, this is a post that I was working on but hadn’t gotten around to polishing up for posting. Imagine my surprise when I looked in my comment box and saw folks discussing something that I thought I’d kept only in my head. But now that it’s out there, excellent points! All I hope is that we’ll finally see a graphic novel award at some point. To my mind, this is the biggest gap at the moment. That Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile” can win nothing from ALA is upsetting and outdated. 21st century awards for 21st century books, I say.

  3. Hopefully, dogs will have learned to read by 2020 – I’m so eager to write for the puppy demographic.