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Children and Libraries: A 2017 Apex Grand Award Winner!

2017 Apex Grand Award logo

Have you heard? ALSC’s journal, Children and Libraries (CAL), received a 2017 Apex Grand Award for publication excellence.  Of more than 1,360 entries in APEX 2017, only 100 received Grand Awards, the highest recognition the Apex judges can confer! 

Apex Awards are given for excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications. Apex Grand Awards honor the most outstanding works in a given format (e.g., newsletter, journal, annual report). According to Apex judges, “The visuals in [CAL] are excellent, … the copy shines, with superb, well-researched and very well presented features, each a resource in itself for librarians working with children. A valuable resource for professionals in the field.”

Apex Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., an organization supporting publishing, public relations, and marketing professionals in the improvement of publications and communications programs.

Congrats to the CAL Family

There are many individuals who contribute to the success of Children and Libraries: our editor, Sharon Verbeten, the volunteer Editorial Advisory Committee, all of our wonderful authors and contributors, and the creative folks in ALA’s Production Services department. We congratulate and thank them all!

Highlights from 2016

Children and Libraries features a variety of content, from refereed academic articles to best practice pieces and regular columns from ALSC committees on initiatives like Every Child Ready to Read and Everyday Advocacy. For another look at the award-winning 2016 content, ALSC members can access the journal anytime online.

Here are just a few of my personal favorites from 2016. (It was difficult to limit my picks!)

Today’s Tech Literacy Tools: Parental Perceptions of Apps for Preschoolers by Vivian Howard and Maureen Wallace

These Books Are Not Quiet: Bebop, Blues, Swing, and Soul: Jazz in Children’s Books by Darwin Henderson, Brenda Dales, and Teresa Young

Text Optional: Visual Storytelling with Wordless Picturebooks by Jennifer Gibson

Shifting Gears…It’s How We Roll: Minnesota’s Award-Winning BookBike by Heather Acerro

Storytime-Palooza! Racial Diversity and Inclusion in Storytime by Anna Haase Krueger and Tamara Lee

Do you have a favorite article from 2016? Share yours in the comments section below.

We Welcome Your Story Ideas

Are you looking for a publishing opportunity? CAL editor Sharon Verbeten is always on the lookout for scholarly and best practice articles, features on relevant issues in children’s librarianship, and interviews with children’s book creators.  Send your ideas or queries to Sharon at

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