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Apply for the Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award!

Are you a children’s librarian who has never been to the ALA Annual Conference? Edited to add: Good news! the Distinguished Service Award deadline has been extended to Friday, December 23! This Award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.  The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during ALA Annual Conference. The nomination form can be found here. Nominations and supporting materials are due December 9, 2022. Please note that distinguished service is not necessarily for lifetime achievement. A single outstanding program, project or idea can also merit consideration! And now, back to the original post: Then the  ALSC Professional Recognition and Scholarship Committee has an exciting grant opportunity for you! Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group…

Awards & Scholarships

Consider applying or nominating a colleague for these ALSC Awards!

Greetings colleagues: the ALSC Professional Recognition and Scholarship Committee would like to make you aware of two exciting upcoming grant opportunities. Please consider applying or nominating! Distinguished Service Award This award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.  The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during ALA Annual Conference. The nomination form can be found here. Nominations and supporting materials are due December 9, 2022. *Please note that distinguished service is not necessarily for lifetime achievement. A single outstanding program, project or idea can also merit consideration! Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books, provides a $600 stipend to up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference….

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Five Questions with Joe Prince, the 2022 Bechtel Fellow

The Bechtel Fellowship is designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend up to four weeksreading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, a part of the George A.Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a specialcollection of 120,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship isendowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin and provides a stipend of up to$7,500.

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Finding the Next ALSC Distinguished Service Award Winner

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations from ALSC members for individuals who have “made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and ALSC.” You may be wondering who qualifies for consideration. Well, beyond their contributions to the field, the main criteria are (1) that the person has devoted their work to children ages birth through fourteen and (2) they must be a current member of ALSC.  These individuals can be:  A librarian who works in a school or public library An educator working in the library or information science field A member of the library press An employee of a publishing house A retiree Want to learn more? Visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page to see a full list of previous winners, watch the acceptance speeches of past winners like Liz McChesney, Dr. Claudette McLinn, and Maria B. Salvadore, and read about…

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Final Call for Children’s Literature Lecture Award Nominations

The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2023 honoree. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. The lecture will be given in April or May of 2023 at a site to be chosen next year. ALSC members are welcome to send suggestions to the committee for consideration. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation. The nomination form is available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31. Recent past lecturers include Pat Mora, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Debbie Reese, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Peter Sis. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. The 2023 lecturer will be announced at the 2022 ALA LibLearnX next January in San Antonio. For more details…

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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).