One of my favorite days of the year is when the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced. For years, they have been announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting with a buzzing auditorium full of excited librarians, publishers, and other children’s literature aficionados in attendance. Due to the pandemic, the announcements went virtual in 2021. This year the YMA announcements were once again live-streamed as they were announced at ALA’s virtual conference LibLearnX – Library Learning Experience.
The YMA announcements this year did disappoint! I missed the raucous cheers and applause of an in-person audience, but with the virtual presentation, the chat on the side panel was alive with many heartfelt and well-deserved “Congratulations!” to the winners and “Thanks” to the hard-working committees.
A complete list of the YMA winners AND a recording of the YMA announcements can be found at https://ala.unikron.com/. Now, please excuse me as I rush off to place holds on titles which I have not yet read!