Awards & Scholarships

Suggestions for the Batchelder Award?

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2018 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2017. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2018 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books. The deadline for suggestions by ALSC members is October 15, 2017 so there is sufficient time to consider the suggestion before the Midwinter Meeting. Please use the submission form at The award will be announced at the Youth Media Awards press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2018. For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at ************************************************************************************************ Today’s guest post was written by Mary Beth Dunhouse,…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Back to School: Books for a New School Year

With the new school year starting very soon, books about hot summer days will soon give way to stories about the fun and importance of school. If you’re looking to add unique titles to your “back to school” displays or bibliographies, these books will definitely give readers a new perspective on daily school life! (image: James Runford) Rain School was inspired by James Runford’s experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kélo, Chad, where teachers and students rebuild their school and desks after each rainy season. I recently read this to a daycare group consisting of children ages 6-12, and they were spellbound!   (image: Lee and Low) The School The Aztec Eagles Built is a fascinating and little-known World War II event; before the Aztec Eagles, Mexico’s 201st Air Force Squadron left Mexico to fight in the Second World War, President Camacho asked the men for any last requests. Sgt….

Blogger Emily Bayci

Surviving School Age Storytime (and having fun with it)

School age storytime is one of my (million different) favorite parts of the job. I am a firm believer that stories should be read for people of all ages and particularly school aged children. They don’t get read to as much and can really be a fun audience that takes stories in a new perspective. Here are some of my tips for surviving school age storytime and having fun with it.

ALA Annual 2017

Notable Children’s Books Nominees – #alaac17

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Here is the list of titles which will be discussed at the ALA Annual Meetings in Chicago beginning next week. Enjoy! PICTURE BOOKS Big Cat, little cat. By Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook Press (9781626723719). Birds Make Nests. By Garland, Michael. Holiday House (9780823436620). Bob, Not Bob! By Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick. Illus. by Matthew Cordell. Disney/Hyperion (9781484723029). The Book of Mistakes. By Corinna Luyken. Dial Books/Penguin Random…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Build a Better World – Sustainability STEM programming!


STEM and STEAM this summer! Summer reading is a great time to market ourselves, but it’s even better for starting new programs.  Get kids hooked on STEM and STEAM programming!  Focusing on “Build a Better World”, try these three “hot” topics that all touch on Sustainability: Global warming Princeton University created a game and teaching guide that children from fifth grade up can enjoy and learn with – The Wedges Game! This is a “team-based exercise that teaches players about greenhouse gases, plus technologies that reduce carbon emissions” (Wedges Game) Try out this resource for even more ideas!  STEM Learning Take these programs a step further! Have kids debate the issues Have kids draw up policies and recommendations to present to local councils Nothing increases a child’s understanding of topics better than a little research, a bit of debating and then presenting to others.  And what better way to build a better world than…