Awards & Scholarships

Call for Suggestions – 2018 Newbery Award

The Newbery committee is surrounded by books and beginning to identify worthy titles for discussion, but we need your assistance in ensuring we are identifying the very best in children’s literature published in 2017.  Please suggest a title to the committee for consideration.  Visit the Newbery Medal page, log into your ALA account and fill out the suggestion form.  It’s that easy! The Newbery Medal is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. Honor books may be named. Distinguished is defined as: marked by eminence and distinction: noted for significant achievement marked by excellence in quality marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence individually distinct More information can be found on the Submission Process and FAQ’s about ALSC’s Book & Media Awards pages. Send your choices soon – the suggestion form closes on October 15, 2017! ************************************************************************************************ Today’s…

Awards & Scholarships

Why you should nominate someone for the Distinguished Service Award

Every year since 1992, ALSC has awarded the distinguished service award to someone who has made a lasting contribution or impact on library services for children or ALSC.   Any member of ALSC (and ALA) can nominate someone who is also a member of ALSC (and ALA) (this, hopefully, means you).  Below are a few reasons why you should think about it, along with a picture of my cute cat (because who doesn’t need another cute cat picture?). Top Ten Reasons to Nominate Someone for the Distinguished Service Award Today: 10. There are only approximately 62 days before the December 1 deadline to nominate someone inspiring for ALSC’s Distinguished Service Award. 9. It’s easy to fill out a quick application: 8. This is a good opportunity to talk to other friends and colleagues (who doesn’t like that?). Tell them who you’re thinking of nominating and convince them to fill out an…


Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee wants your Apps!

The 2018 inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee welcomes your suggestions of Apps for the initial January 2018 list. Per the ALSC Board, children’s digital media is defined as follows: Any real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content or product that is available via personal electronic device across multiple platforms that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while developmentally appropriately informing, educating, and/or entertaining. The Committee will select, annotate, and present for publication, a bi-annual list of notable children’s digital media, including websites and Apps of interest to young people and their families, from birth through age 14, starting in January 2018. Please note the following: Apps must currently be available through a US distributor. Apps will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1.    Respect young people’s intelligence and imagination 2.    Exhibit venturesome creativity 3.    Reflect and encourage the natural interest of children and young adolescents in exemplary…

ALA Annual 2017

ALA Chicago – The Great and The Cool

As a first timer in an ALA Conference, I felt the energy, curiosity, and overwhelming desire to attend as many programs and listen to as many amazing authors and speakers as possible. This trip was possible, in part, thank to the 2017 ALSC Penguin Young Readers Group Award, which allowed me to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet. The Great: Teen Space Upon my arrival, I set foot in the Harold Washington Library Center. Here, I attended three STEM tours for children, teens, and adults. Each one of these STEM spaces was designed based on age group and space. The Children’s STEM space used a large STEM table where children could build drawing materials from a Maker Space organizer unit on a daily basis. No need for a STEM staff. This initiative is based on children’s interest, curiosity to navigate the Maker Space unit, and desire…

ALA Annual 2017

Five Tips for Newbies Attending an ALA Conference

For many librarians, June means the ALA Annual Conference, but for we children’s librarians, June means the start of Summer Reading! I’d never attended the annual conference before, in part because that time of year is the busiest time of year for us at the library. Going out of town in the days before SRC officially kicked off always seemed impossible. But after hearing raves about the 2016 conference from other children’s librarians, I was determined to finally attend Chicago in 2017!