The 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee is asking the ALSC membership to submit titles for consideration. “The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. . . . Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen.” The committee considers all genres and formats (e.g., picturebooks and graphic novels). Please email titles for consideration to Jonda C. McNair (email@example.com) and copy Gretchen Schulz (firstname.lastname@example.org), the committee’s administrative assistant. Hurry – suggestions close on October 15, 2020! Today’s guest blogger is Jonda C. McNair, 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee Chair . This blog relates to ALSC Core Competency: Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.
Be a part of history! Join the Notable Children’s Recordings meetings from the comfort and privacy of your home or office. The ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings committee is taking their public discussions to you!
When was the last time you took a good, honest look at the classic titles on your library’s shelves? Now more than ever, we need to be considering not only the harm some of our childhood favorites do to children of color – particularly Black children – but also the messages they send to white children.
Children and technology. When these two topics are put together mixed opinions abound. Unfortunately, research on this topic has yet to come up with a consensus about benefits and detriments. (1) In the future, I’m sure we will have a better handle on how digital interfaces affect people and society. Right now, the answers about children and technology all seem to start with ‘it depends.’ As a youth services librarian in a public library, I didn’t get a lot of training on how to effectively incorporate technology into programming. One of my first big programming failures was an evening bring-your-own-device (BYOD) storytime that got zero attendance. (It turned out that an evening storytime wasn’t a good fit for the area’s demographics, so I failed forward, repurposing the activities to be used in my regular storytimes instead.)
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.
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.
It’s almost time for awards season! Did you run a mock election? If so, it’s time to post your results. Head over to the Mock Elections page. Lisa Nowlain is an artist and librarian in Nevada City, CA.
This is the time of year when speculation on which books might take the win for our Youth Media Awards begins. My first encounter with a mock anything took place my first December working as a children’s librarian when my library system hosted a mock Caldecott and Newbery during a day long training for all youth services staff. Ever since then I have been hooked. I love hearing other people’s opinions on the books we look over using the lens of the different awards’ criteria.