My approach to ALA Award Day is not pure happy celebration of childrens' books, but is somewhat twisted by the trill of personal challenge I've added--as soon as the winners are announced, I charge off to the local bookstores to try to buy first editions. This constitutes a considerable part of my college savings plan for the children.
This particular Newbery Day didn't add much, however, in terms of book hoard value--The One and Only Ivan came out too long ago, and was too popular, for first editions to be ripe for the picking, and the Caldecott winner, This Is Not My Hat, is too recent, and probably has too huge a print run, to be worth stocking up on in bulk--I only bought two. However, it might well prove very difficult to find mint condition copies in ten or so years (when I'll be paying for college), because I noticed in today's shopping that the black cover shows every bit of shelf wear, and every fingerprint that's ever touched it. Happily, though, I was able to correct my local bookseller's misapprehension that it was I Want My Hat Back that had won. She really wasn't believing me, and I had to be very firm about it before she was doubtful enough to go check. I feel pleased that I was able to be helpful.
I actually have read the Printz Award winner for the first time since I started paying attention to it--In Darkness, by Nick Lake. Here's my take on it. I am a little sad that I didn't keep the ARC, but I think it would be really unreasonable to keep every ARC one gets just on the off chance of them being collectible in the future. Limits.