Kids: there's nothing wrong with you reading these, but the truth is, you'll probably find them boring!

Teachers and Librarians: these are mostly for you. So often I speak at conventions and conferences and it is always a treat to meet so many of you there. But I know there are countless others of you, dedicated and hard-working, who never make it to a convention. So I've included here some copies of speeches that I've given over the years.

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Unleaving: The Staying Power of Gold.

Arbuthnot Committee: Association for Library Service for Children. 2011

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How Everything Turns Away.

University of Richmond 'Quest' series. March 2005

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The Beginning of Sadness.

Ohio Library Educational Media Association Annual Convention. November, 2001

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The Remebered Gate and the Unopened Door.

Sutherland Lecture. Chicago Public Library. April, 2001

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Bright Streets and Dark Paths.

Brown University. March 2001

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The Village of Childhood.

Children's Literature New England. Vermont. August, 1997

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Wondering Where Everything Went.

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Chicago. November, 1996

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Newbery Acceptance Speech: The Giver.

June, 1994

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Newbery Acceptance Speech: Number the Stars.

1990

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