The speeches of the Michael L. Printz Award winners are available via video. The speech by Award Winner Geraldine McCaughrean is available below. Video of the authors of the honor books is available by clicking the more link.

If you have never had the opportunity to attend a Printz Award event the evening goes like this:

  • The evening begins with introductions of the Printz Award Committee and general comments about the Award, the selections, etc.
  • Each of the winners – honor book authors and the Award winner – present a speech of about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Honor winners are presented with a certificate and the winner is presented with a Michael L. Printz statue or maybe it’s a trophy.
  • Following the speeches a reception is held at which authors and attendees mingle.

You can read more about the Printz Award on the YALSA web site.

Please note that Judith Clarke’s speech was a video. The quality of the video posted here is a reflection of it being a video of a video.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

3 Thoughts on “2008 Michael L. Printz Award Speeches

  1. Sally on July 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm said:

    When will the speeches be printed. Its hard to make out what they are saying.

  2. Linda Braun on July 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm said:

    Audio recordings of the speeches will be available for free download in the near future. Word on the availability will go out via YALSA blog, web site, lists, Twitter, etc. The audio will be high-quality as it was professionally recorded during the ceremony.

  3. Marilyn Hinshaw on July 8, 2008 at 9:53 am said:

    I am addicted to attending this event. The books selected by the committee are always awesome and each time I have been there the speech maker/authors are as good in person as on the page, This year was especially noteworthy for wonderful presentations from the authors.

    Michael Printz cared enough to listen to a young husband describe the dream job his wife wanted. Micheal advised him to send me to library school!!! I entered that fall to became one of the fortunate hundreds of Kansas librarians who was in a class taught by Michael. He gave the best “book talks” I have ever witnessed and he was a great advisor and mentor. I will always be grateful for the shove from Michael Prinz via the other guy – my husband of 44 years. Marilyn Hinshaw, ALA Councillor at Large.

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