THE highlight of the #alamw18 conference for me is sitting in the audience at the announcements of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. Just to give you a little flavor, here was the line when I got to the convention center 30 minutes before the program was scheduled to start:
This photo does not accurately portray the number of twists and turns and line segments there were so that people could still actually walk in the convention center.
Once inside, it’s a magical wonderland filled with people who LOVE youth books.
I hope that you got to tune in for the live broadcast of the awards. In case you didn’t, ilovelibraries.org has the full list of winners and honorees. I love that there were so many diverse and #ownvoices authors represented throughout the awards and many winners and honor books from small presses. It was a great year for youth literature and I’m so thrilled to celebrate alongside these authors and publishers and the amazing committee members who worked so hard to make it happen!