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ALSC wants YOU to suggest books for the youth media awards!

Did you know that you can suggest titles to be considered for book awards from ALSC? You can!

NewberyMembers can log in to a suggestions page and suggest their favorite eligible new titles for consideration. ALSC is currently accepting field suggestions for many awards, including:

  • Caldecott
  • Newbery
  • Batchelder
  • Belier
  • Geisel
  • Sibert

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2016–so you’ve got plenty of time to read and suggest great books that are really resonating with you and with readers at your library. (Suggestions for the Wilder Award closed May 15, but never fear–that award is now given annually!) In addition, suggestions are being accepted for consideration by the Notable Books Committee, also through October 15.

notablesealAnd what if you’re more into recorded books than print? The Notable Recordings Committee is also taking suggestions; take a look at the award criteria and other information here. Please send your suggestions, with full bibliographic information, to NCR chair Marianne Martens at martensalsc@gmail.com.

Suggesting a title for any of these media awards will help you to understand and apply criteria for evaluating content, which is a component of the ALSC Core Competencies around Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

Have you already read a book that you can’t wait to suggest for an award? Let us know in the comments.


Jennifer Duffy, Children’s Librarian at King County Library System (WA), is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at jduffy@kcls.org.

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