ALA Midwinter 2014

Other KidLit Awards from #alamw14

THE highlight of #alamw14, of any Midwinter, is always the announcement of  the Youth Media Awards.  These announcements are not only a chance to celebrate the previous year in children’s literature but an opportunity for librarians to expand their collections thanks to the dedication of all the librarians who have worked evaluating hundreds of titles published the year before. However, not all important awards are part of the live announcement on Monday morning.  These awards are also given by librarians who evaluate material all year long but they do this through ALA affiliates not divisions or through task forces.  But don’t let this keep you from using these awesome selection lists in your collection development! The American Indian Library Association (AILA) was founded in 1979.  Every two years, they award the American Indian Youth Literature Awards.  These lists are an amazing way to build your library’s collection of material about American…

ALA Midwinter 2014

USBBY Reception #alamw14

My #alamw14 experience got off to a great start with the USBBY Reception.  USBBY is the United States Board on Books for Young People, the national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).  This reception is co-sponsored by ALSC, YALSA, and AASL, so it’s a great chance to mix with colleagues across divisions.  Best of all, the reception has not only a featured speaker discussing their work with an international focus but the announcement of the 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Books.  The USBBY Outstanding International  Book list recognizes the best titles for children originally published in another country.  They have age divisions for titles from PreK-12th grade.  The list is a truly amazing resource of international titles.  We were lucky to see this year’s lists first and to hear a wonderful speaker. This year, the featured speaker was Maryann Macdonald, author of the book Odette’s Secrets.  (pictured here)…