ALA Annual Conference 2021

ALSC Award Ceremonies and How to Watch #alaac21

While we miss celebrating our awards in person, staff, members, award recipients, publishers, and many others have worked incredibly hard to bring life and joy to our virtual ceremonies happening this week! Below is information on how to watch! Information is also available on the ALA conference scheduler and ALSC website.

2021 Odyssey Awards Image

Odyssey Awards

When: Thursday, June 24, 6-7:00pm CST

The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by ALSC and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Hear from the producers, authors, and narrators behind the 2021 Odyssey Honoree and Award recipients! These recorded Zoom calls offer insight into the production process, and even feature some exclusive readings.

Register in advance to attend this virtual ceremony. After the live session, it will be available on the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler as an on-demand session.


Pura Belpre Awards Celebration

Pura Belpré Celebración

When: Sunday, June 27, 1-2:30pm CST

Hear from recipients of the 2021 Pura Belpré Award, past recipients, and the award’s founders at this ceremony. Rafael López will deliver special remarks, and a commemorative video from TeachingBooks.net will celebrate 25 years of this award! The Pura Belpré Award is co-sponsored by REFORMA, ALSC, and YALSA.

Be sure to download the BEAUTIFUL program booklet for this celebration. The video will premiere on ALA’s YouTube Channel at the scheduled date and time above.


Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet Program

Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Virtual Banquet

When: Sunday, June 27, 7-8:15pm CST

Hear from the recipients of the 2021 Newbery, Caldecott, and Children’s Literature Legacy Award Medals! Tae Keller, Michaela Goade, and Mildred D. Taylor will deliver acceptance remarks, and the Newbery and Caldecott Honorees will deliver brief messages. We also have a special #Newbery100 surprise! You won’t want to miss it.

Download the BEAUTIFUL program booklet for this one, too! The video will premiere on ALA’s YouTube Channel at the scheduled date and time above.


Monday Morning Awards Program Cover

Monday Morning Awards

When: Monday, June 28, 10-11:00am CST

Hear from the recipients of the 2021 Batchelder, Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media, Geisel, and Sibert Awards! Representatives from Enchanted Lion Books and Committee for Children, David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka, Candace Fleming, and Eric Rohmann will deliver acceptance remarks, and all Honorees will deliver brief messages.

The final program for this virtual ceremony is not yet available BUT once it is, it will also be beautiful and you’ll want to download it from our website! The video will premiere on ALA’s YouTube Channel at the scheduled date and time above.


I hope you’ll join us in the comments and on social media using the hashtags #alaac21 and #alayma!

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