Every book awards season, readers and librarians alike anxiously count down to the ALA Midwinter meeting where, at the Youth Media Awards, the announcement of winners and honorees will take place. For ALSC members, the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Pura Belpré Medal, Sibert Medal and the Geisel Award – to name a few – looms large. Equally as important as the books chosen for those prestigious medals and awards, are the award seals that will soon appear on those books.
Like so many other libraries, our youth services department enjoys a large after-school crowd of Roblox-loving tweens. To cope with our slightly captive audience we have been working towards including more short, inter-departmental “guerilla” programming that takes advantage of our sudden influx of restless tweens in the evenings. One such recent program was a lightning round, Mock Caldecott event.
I’m excited that ALA is in Philadelphia this year, because I promise you’ll be spoiled for choice at all of the activities that the City has to offer. Museums and restaurants are the heart of Philadelphia, but for a truly unforgettable experience, I hope you’ll stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library and tour our Special Collection spaces.
The ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee spent 2019 listening to over 800 audiobooks and children’s music CDs (over 4800 hours!) to create a list of the best recordings for children ages 0-14.
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Books committee has been busy reading hundreds of books for young people and has compiled a list of 221 nominated titles which are under consideration for the 2020 Notable Children’s Books list.
The beginning of 2020 means one important milestone is on the horizon: we are just months away from Census Day.
Steve Fowler and Nicole Guerra-Coon were partnered up for the ALSC Mentoring Program in 2018-2019. After meeting a couple of times, they decided to work together to create a website with fun ideas for librarians, teachers, and parents to promote the ABCs through literacy with an alphabet storytime.
If you follow Guessing Geisel, you are probably already noting distinguished beginning readers published this year. Now is the time to send your suggestions for the Theodor Geisel Book Award to me, Jean Gaffney, 2020 Geisel Award Committee Chair, by December 31: firstname.lastname@example.org.