ALA Midwinter 2013

What Have You Read This Year That Is GREAT?

All year, the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee has worked diligently — reading and re-reading —  in an effort to identify the best of the best in children’s books. The committee is now issuing a final call to the ALSC membership for suggestions of items to be considered for inclusion on the 2013 Notable Children’s Books list.

The 2013 Notable Children’s Books Committee invites ALSC members to suggest titles for consideration for the annual list of notable children’s books. “Notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, the term “notable” includes books for all age levels (through age 14) of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry, folklore, and picture books that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

The evaluation criteria to be used are:

1. Literary quality
2. Originality of text and illustration
3. Clarity and style of language
4. Excellence of illustration
5. Excellence of design and format
6. Clarity of organization and accuracy of information
7. Subject matter of interest and value to children
8. The likelihood of acceptance by children.

The list will be voted on during the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Seattle, WA in January, 2013. Only books first published in the US in the 2012 publishing year will be considered. Send suggestions to   The deadline for submission of suggested titles is December 31st. Be sure to include the appropriate bibliographic information and your reasons.

For more information about this list, visit the ALSC website. Click on “Awards and Grants” in the left-hand navigation bar, then click on “Children’s Notable Lists,” and finally “Notable Children’s Books.”

The committee is waiting to hear your suggestions!


  1. Madalyn Mincks

    I am a retired educator. Received my MLS Degree from the U of W, continued my library experiences via all levels of public schools, K-12. I also taught children’s and young adult literature at the U of W. After 24 years as a school librarian, I continued as an elementary school principal. I am recording all this info as background as I inquire whether you might need volunteers at the Mid Winter Conference in Seattle. Thanks so much!

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Madalyn –

      Thanks for offering to help out. I will make sure the ALSC office is aware of your offer to help. If you are interested in contributing to the blog, would you be interested in helping us live blog from the Midwinter Conference? If so, please email me at Thanks again!

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