ALA Midwinter 2013

83 Days to Go:  ALA Midwinter in Seattle & the 2013 ALA Youth Media Awards!  

2013 ALA Midwinter MeetingSeattle is the place to be for our next ALA Midwinter Conference on January 25-29, 2013 where thousands of ALA members will gather to conduct our association’s business. A major highlight for ALSC is the Youth Media Awards (@alayma on Twitter), is our own announcements of the award winners for the Newbery, Caldecott, Carnegie, Arbuthnot Lecture, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, Odyssey (with YALSA), Belpré (with REFORMA).

If you’re in Seattle, please attend the ALA Youth Media Awards announcements in person at the Convention Center on Monday, January 28 at 8:00 am PT (doors open at 7:30 am). It is a truly unforgettable experience full of anticipation, energy and excitement. Or you can watch the live Webcast on your computer or mobile device that will also begin at 8:00 am PT and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Either way, you’ll be among the first to know which books and media are our committees’ choices for the best of the best. As the announcer for ALSC,  I’m thrilled to be the one to share the much anticipated news! Award press releases will be posted online by 10:00 am PT on the ALA homepage at on the morning of January 28, 2012.

Use the Twitter hashtag #alamw13 to keep up on the latest about Midwinter Conference. Our great office staff will also be sending our updates in the next few months so that you have all the details to join fellow ALSC members in Seattle for, ALSC Speed Networking, Division Leadership, board meetings, the joint youth reception, and other activities. Hope to see you there!

In the meantime…

with almost three months before the big announcements there is still time to conduct a Mock Newbery or Caldecott elections with students in schools, young people in public libraries and with a groups of interested adults.  To help in this fun learning experience, through November for individuals who purchase the Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit digital download presented by ALSC, they will receive free access to an archived, prerecorded Mock Elections webinar.  This webinar is hosted by Steven Engelfried, current chair of the Newbery Award Selection Committee.

And, on the brisk fall and blustery winter days before ALA Midwinter in Seattle take the time to visit the Caldecott 75th anniversary page:   Maybe between now and the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago next June when the Caldecott celebration culminates at our banquet, you’ll find the perfect time in your library to pull out all the Caldecott award and honor books and host a birthday party with cupcakes and party hats!


Today’s blogger is ALSC President, Carolyn Brodie.

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  1. Nadine Poper

    I was hoping to find more info on the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders as well as the other youth media award contenders. When I research it, I only get this past summer’s guesses as the latest ones. I am seeing Liar and Spy, The One and Only Ivan, Splendors and Gloom, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, The Mighty Miss Malone, and Wonder as Newbery contenders. I am seeing And Then It’s Spring, Baby Bears Sees Blue, Chloe, Homer, and Green as some Caldecott contenders. Can you direct me to the latest list? Thanks!

    Nadine Poper
    Amanda Stout Elem. Librarian
    Reading School District
    Reading, PA

    1. Dan Rude

      Hi Nadine, thanks for your question. You won’t find much from ALSC about contenders. The discussions and deliberations of ALSC’s Award Committees are confidential.Therefore, these committees do not share information about which titles they are discussing and do not make public the books that are in contention.

      That being said, there are plenty of sites out there which speculate and discuss possible candidates. A lot of these might have some titles for you if you’re looking to set up a mock election. Glad to see that you’re interested in ALSC awards!

      Dan Rude
      ALSC Membership/Marketing Specialist

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