We spoke with author Tae Keller about her initial reactions upon learning she won this year's Newbery Medal and Asian/Pacific Award for Children’s Literature for her fantasy novel When You Trap a Tiger. “I was just so grateful, I think I said ‘thank you’ like a million times.”
Michaela Goade, illustrator of We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, reflected on the experience of winning the 2021 Caldecott Medal; she is the first BIPOC woman and the first Indigenous artist to receive the award. “I felt a bit like a deer in the headlights and did not know what to say!," Goade told PW.
Daniel Nayeri described the ecstatic moment when he was surprised by a Zoom call from the Printz committee, informing him that his novel Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) had won this year's award. He recalled “screaming for a while” and his wife running into his home office to hand him a bottle of champagne from his publisher Levine Querido.