ALA Midwinter 2012

What have you read recently that’s great?

Each year at the midwinter ALA conference, a variety of children’s books and media awards are announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards. This press conference is attended by 1500 or so interested children’s librarians, book publicists, editors, and other children’s literature enthusiasts. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of reading by dedicated committees committed to selecting the best of the best.

Called by some the “Oscars of children’s literature,” these awards create much speculation by book lovers around the country. Much of the fun of these awards is all the reading and talking in the months leading up to the announcements about the excellent new books being published.  The speculation about what might win these major awards — especially the Caldecott and the Newbery — has spawned a wide range of blogs and conjecture focusing on these topics. At my library, we use a Mock Caldecott blog and a  Mock Newbery blog  to help our customers begin to think about titles which may be contenders. The speculation about what might win has spawned a wide range of blogs around the country which focus on these topics. Here is a sampling:

And, of course, there are the well-known and equally well-loved bloggers who post their own predictions like Elizabeth Bird over at Fuse # 8 Productions or Laura, a 6th grader who blogs about books at Laura’s Life.

It’s time for the discussions and speculation to begin in earnest. Are there blogs you follow to stay on top of great new books to read?  What books have you read that you think are really strong this year?


  1. Sam Bloom

    I’m really glad you mentioned Laura Rodgers, the Indiana 6th grader who blogs at Laura’s Life. Not only is it excellent for us to hear how an honest-to-goodness kid looks at books, it is also just a really great blog – Laura knows her stuff and reviews a lot of timely books. She kind of does her own little Mock Newbery!

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Laura has a lot of fans, and deservedly so!

  2. Tiffany

    How does a children’s book become a candidate for review by the members of the Library Association?

  3. Dan Rude

    Great question Tiffany.

    The Association for Library Service to Children has information on its website for authors and publishers on how to get your book submitted to the committees which decide awards like the Newbery, Caldecott and Geisel. Go to the ALSC website, and click on the “Publishers” tab. Good luck!

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