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The 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet: What to Wear?

As some of you may have heard, the Caldecott turns 75 this year.  This begs the all important question on everyone’s lips: What are you wearing to the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet this year?  And don’t tell me you’re not going.  If you’re in Chicago on Sunday, June 30th then you should attend.  Even if you don’t buy a ticket you can usually sit in the back of the room to watch the festivities.  But the best part?  Dressing up!

With that in mind, Jim Averbeck and I have come up with some suggestions of what you might want to do.  Enjoy!

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. Nice touch wearing the Carle costume! I think that might actually make it hard to eat and, more importantly, hard to drink. Cheers!

  2. Clever and funny. Thank you for the midday laugh. You will be posting pictures of the final outfit, right? I agree with Ed, the Hungry Caterpillar will make drinking hard unless you go as a mash-up of the Hungry Caterpillar and Alice’s Caterpillar with a hookah rigged up for sipping cocktails rather than smoking. Who can you draft to be your hookah carrying minion?

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      Actually, the costume is surprisingly spacious inside. You’d have a fair amount of room to set up a small dining selection in its mid-section. The only problem is the fact that I lived in constant fear of it blowing up. I know it’s designed in such a way where you really shouldn’t worry, but I kept having visions of pieces of Caterpillar splattered around my home.

      My actual costume? Far more elegant. You’ll see . . .


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