ALA Midwinter 2019

Notable Children’s Recordings 2019 Discussion List #alamw19

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 Recording committee has been busy listening to hundreds of recordings for young people and have compiled a large list of nominated titles which will be discussed at the ALA Midwinter meetings in Seattle later this month.

Audio books

It’s Time to Submit Your Suggestions for Notable Children’s Recordings

Are you an enthusiastic audiobook or children’s music listener? Have you  heard anything that might represent the best in children’s recordings? ALSC personal members are encouraged to submit titles for consideration to  the Notable Children’s Recordings committee. Any recordings published Nov 1, 2017- Oct 31, 2018 and currently available through a US distributor is under consideration. Please note that publishers, authors, illustrators, artists or editors may not nominate their own titles. Please send your suggestions to Michelle Ng at The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrates respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways. This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

ALA Annual 2016

So you think you want to volunteer for YALSA…

If you think YALSA as opposed to ALA is a softer option for volunteering your professional, think again!  These people are dedicated.  Youth services is a calling and so is throwing your hat in the proverbial ring.  It’s a ring not of doom, but a multi-ring circus, and your committee chair is the ringmaster. But wait!  Don’t walk away yet!  There is hope for the more casual contributor.  And indeed some of the smaller, less time-consuming contributions may in fact lead to bigger and better things.

ALA Annual 2016

Notable Children’s Recordings Nominees — Summer 2016 #alaac16

The ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee is charged with creating a list of the best children’s recordings that fit the following criteria (from the ALSC website): respects young people’s intelligence and imagination exhibits venturesome creativity in exemplary ways reflects and encourages the natural interest of children and young adolescents depicts excellence through the effective use of voices, music, sound effects, and language maintains high standards in aesthetic and technical aspects adapted materials remain true to, expand, or complement the original work The committee has been busy reviewing submissions released since November 1, 2015. Please join us at ALA Annual as we discuss the list below. We will meet in HYATT-Celebration 11 on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-5:30 PM, and on Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM: Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abe Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport. 36 minutes. Spoken Arts. Performed by Nicol Zanzarella. 978-0-545-93267-7 All Rise for the Honorable Perry…

Audio books

Encouraging young listeners with downloadable and streaming audiobooks

Downloadable and streaming audiobooks have been on my mind again.  Recently, some articles came out about the benefits of audiobooks for literacy; a revelation that probably surprised few of us in children’s and school library services.  We did not create the Odyssey awards for nothing.  ALA Editions published a wonderful book about it by Sharon Grover and Lizette D. Hannegan “back” in 2012.  Last year, Rachel Wood from Arlington Public Library wrote an ALSC Blog post that stands as a primer for building an e-audio collection.  But it always feels like a topic needs to come around a few times before the greater profession and the greater public latches on. Perhaps it is not always content that is the way to hook a reluctant reader but format too.  Dan Cohen from the DPLA wrote an article for The Atlantic talking about the powerful role that smartphones play in the lives…