ALA Midwinter 2015

My First ALSC Awards Committee Experience at #alamw15

Today I attended my first meeting as an official member of an awards committee. When I found out I chosen for the Geisel Award Committee I was very honored and excited. And nervous.

I was excited to have an excuse to read lots and lots (and lots) of books for beginning readers. I’m looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of this art form through repeated readings and thrilling discussions.

I was nervous because they’ll be lots and lots (and lots) of books to read in just a year! Where will I put all those books in my teeny, tiny house? Will my notes be detailed enough?

Thankfully, this first meeting calmed my nerves, and simultaneously raised my excitement level. Our chair was so friendly and supportive. She talked about the suggestion and nomination process, as well as logistical elements (deadlines, meetings, etc.). We also discussed ways to organize our notes, the importance of getting feedback from kid readers, and the detailed criteria for this award.

So how do I feel now? Anxious! I can’t wait for books to arrive so I can start the process!


  1. Ashley Waring

    Cool! Thanks for giving us a taste of what it’s like. Good luck this year and have fun! Can’t wait to see what your committee decides.

    1. Amy Musser Post author

      Thanks, Ashley! It will definitely be an exciting and busy year!

  2. Sarah S.

    How exciting, Amy! I had so much fun on the Geisel this year. I think you’ll love it!

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