ALA Midwinter 2014

ALSC Members! Make your voices heard!

At the ALA Youth Media Awards Press Conference during the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA on Monday, January 27, 2014, many very anticipated book awards will be announced. The committees have been relentlessly reading all year, but if you are an ALSC member, now is your last opportunity to suggest titles for the committees to consider.

  • The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  Complete criteria for the award can be found here. Submit your recommendations with full bibliographic information to Chair Maureen White, at by December 10, 2013.
  • The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.  Submit your suggestions to Ruth Tobar, the 2014 Pura Belpré chair at  before December 31, 2013.
  • The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Complete criteria can be found here. Submit your suggestions to Marion Hanes Rutsch at by December 20, 2013.
  • The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal is awarded annually to the  of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  Complete criteria for the award can be found here.  Submit your suggestions to Penny Peck at before December 1, 2013.
  • The John Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children; complete criteria for the award can be found here. Submit your suggestions to Submit your suggestions to Committee Chair Betsy Orsburn at  before December 5, 2013, but sooner would be better.
  • The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. Complete criteria for the award can be found here. Submit your suggestions to Cecilia P. McGowan at before Friday, December 13th.

Take note, ALSC members! Now is your opportunity to suggest titles to the Award committees!

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