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The PreGame/PostGame ALA Youth Media Awards Videos and Some Vids From the Winners As Well

Hi ho, folks!  And what an exciting morning we had today.  Lori Prince and I had a blast in the SLJ office predicting winners and then discovering how wrong (or occasionally right) we were.  Here’s the PreGame Show, in case you missed it live.  Note how Lori successfully predicts a Newbery combo that was far from a given:

For more fun, check out our PostGame Wrap-Up in which we caterwaul with great good fervor:

Here’s the video of the folks who won getting “the call”, which is fun:

And for additional fun, here are some videos from today’s winners on hidden things about their books.  These videos were created for my website with Jules Danielson celebrating our book Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.

On the Caldecott side, winner Dan Santat talks about the behind-the-scenes story of Beekle:

Caldecott Honor winner Lauren Castillo talked about her own Nana in the City:

On the Newbery side, Cece Bell won an Honor and proffered this video about El Deafo:

Candace Fleming won several awards for The Family Romanov including a Sibert Honor.

And Duncan Tonatiuh won a Pura Belpre Honor as well as Sibert Honor for Separate Is Never Equal:



Lori and I after some of the Caldecott announcements.

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. The pre/post shows were fun! I’m happy for all the winners. A bit disappointed that H. Chuku Lee’/Pat Cumming’s Beauty and the Beast didn’t get anything. That was one of my favorites last year. I don’t have cold hard stats, but this seemed like a more diverse group of honor/medal winners (and not just in terms of ethnicity–format as well) than previous years. I hope publishers are paying attention.

  2. Should be Cummings’s, not Cumming’s.

  3. That last photo is great. Was it taken when the Caldecott was announced?

  4. Hee hee! Love your face Betsy! This year was game-changing, wasn’t it!

    • Elizabeth Bird says

      The game hasn’t just been changed! It’s been rewritten! Three graphic novels in three different categories. Me mind explodeth.

  5. GREAT coverage before and after! Thanks so much for making the ALA Awards even more fun! 🙂 e


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