Every year the American Library Association announces the Caldecott and Newbery Medal winning books at their mid-Winter conference. The event was webcast this morning. Once the winners are announced, we hustle out to purchase a copy or two of the winning books, since they will be tougher to find within a week. The books become instant ‘classics’ – rarely do Newbery or Caldecott Medal winning books go out of print.
Today, because of the awards, the respective publishers have started the process of making additional printings to serve the market. Barnes & Noble is already marketing the winning books on their home page. Such is the power of the ALA. See today’s winners, at 2007 ALA Awards.
In the past couple of years, the Newbery Medal winning book has skyrocketed in value. There are 9 copies of the Single Shard, the 2001 winner, on ABE, each selling for over $500. ABE has 4 copies of Kira-Kira, the 2005 winner, each selling for over $600. ABE has 19 copies of Criss Cross, last year’s winner, listed for over $100.
This year, again, the ALA has selected an obscure, under-printed book, The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron, as the Newbery winner. This is the second year in a row that Borders did not stock the Newbery Medal book in advance of winning.
As an aside, David Wiesner has now won his third Caldecott Medal, this year winning for Flotsam. Wiesner won in 1992 for Tuesday, and in 2002 for The Three Pigs. He now joins Marcia Brown as the only 3 time winner. Wiesner has also won two Caldecott Honor awards, and yet is still relatively underappreciated within the collectible book market.
Tooting our horn a bit, from our book, the Children’s Picturebook Price Guide: Most Valuable Books – 1990’s
"This list is dominated by the seven Caldecott Medal award books, headed by David Wiesner’s Tuesday. Tuesday is becoming moderately difficult to find, and Wiesner’s regard within the market place has been enhanced by winning a second Caldecott Medal with The Three Pigs, and a second Caldecott Honor for Sector 7. In our opinion, David Wiesner’s wordless books are the best that have been crafted. As an aside, Wiesner also illustrated E.T., The Storybook, published in 1982, which is 97th on the Publisher’s Weekly list of bestselling children’s books."