The Quiet Before the Announcements

In less than 24 hours members of the 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Committees will be doing one of the coolest things ever — call their winners. And then shortly after that they will be at the press conference where the rest of us will learn of their decisions.  Today everyone involved will try to be nonchalant, try to go about their regular lives, and think of other things.  And tonight — I can only imagine how hard it must be to attempt to sleep with the knowledge that it just might be you that will get that call and then how hard to go on when you don’t.  My heart goes out to everyone involved this anxious day.  And my very best to all the writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, designers, marketers, publicists, agents and everyone else who work to create these wonderful books, these wonderful works of art, for children.


Filed under awards, Newbery

5 responses to “The Quiet Before the Announcements

  1. Having worked a great deal of my life in the political world, I can say the “night before” for these awards is the same nervousness for me as the night before an election. I grew up in a small town with a very small library and those shiny seals on the covers of books I borrowed were like genuine gold I so revered those books!


  2. I know of at least one eligible author who slept with the phone beside her bed — and her husband leapt to answer it on the first ring come “Newbery morning.” On the other hand Sid Fleishman was taking a shower when he got his call…and wasn’t there another author who was sitting in a dentist chair with a mouth full of gauze when The Call came?

    Yet throughout the history of both the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, there have been winners who admitted in their acceptance speeches that they were unfamiliar with the prizes before they’d won. I bet it’s been a while since that happened, though….



  3. I’m with Carol. Very exciting! Wish I were in San Diego.


  4. I am eagerly awaiting the announcements as well! I usually have some guesses on who the winner will be, but this year, I’m prepared to be surprised.


  5. Kristin McIlhagga

    I’ve got the live feed page bookmarked and was thinking that I wouldn’t be able to listen during a meeting, then realized it is a children’s lit team meeting – so we’ll all be listening!


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