ALA Annual Conference 2021

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award

The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award recognizes the most distinguished digital media created for an early learning audience by a producer based in the United States. This award considers all forms of digital media, defined as “any interactive media content or product that is available via electronic device across one or more platforms,” for “children ages 2-8 along with their caregivers, professionals, and media mentors serving them.” (Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee Manual, 2018, p. 5).

The 2021 Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award Winner

The 2021 Committee chose The Imagine Neighborhood as the winning title for the year. The Imagine Neighborhood podcast invites children and their grownups to engage in social-emotional learning through interactive storytelling, imaginative play, music, and mindfulness activities. Each episode features host Scotty Iseri and a cast of wacky characters, such as Count Vacula and Tantrumus Maximus, as they explore big feelings through the lens of imagination and invite families to play along (Walton-Hadlock, 2021).

Award Ceremony

Make sure to join us for the 2021 ALSC Awards Presentation on Monday, June 28 at 10:00 CT. Hear from the recipients of the 2021 Batchelder, Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media, Geisel, and Sibert Awards! Medalists will deliver acceptance remarks, and Honorees will deliver brief messages as well. This event is free and open to the public via YouTube.

Seeking Nominations from ALSC Members

The 2022 Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award invites ALSC members to submit media for consideration. The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is awarded annually to the producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.

The committee is only considering media released between January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Please complete the Information Verification Submission Form for each entry. Complete the form to receive contact information for submitting access codes/links.


Celeste Swanson is the Youth Services Coordinator for The Lane Libraries (OH). She is the current Chair of the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award Committee, and also Chair of the YALSA Selection List Oversight Committee. She can be reached at c.swanson@lanepl.org

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