Evaluation of Media

What Exactly is the Bill Morris Seminar and Why Should I Apply for It?

Do you have a fervor for discussing books? Are you looking to develop or refine your book evaluation skills? Has past participation in a mock book award committee piqued your interest in being part of the real thing someday—think Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel? If you responded “yes” to any of these questions, the Bill Morris Seminar might be just what you are looking for! The Morris Seminar is a biennial, all-day seminar that takes place the day before the kick-off of ALSC National Institute. From experience, I can confirm there are many professional and personal benefits offered by Seminar participation. I may have caught your attention, but maybe you are still wondering just how this Seminar works?

Blogger Mary R. Voors

2024 Notable Children’s Digital Media list

The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. Here is the complete list of the Notable Children’s Digital Media selected by the committee for 2023-2024. Thanks to the 2023-24 Notable Children’s Digital Media committee: Interested in the best books and media for children?Review all of the ALSC Book & Media Awards & Book Lists!

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2024 Notable Children’s Recordings list

The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate 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. Here is the complete list of the Notable Children’s Recordings for 2024. The Notable Children’s Recordings list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate 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. Here is the complete list of the Notable Children’s Recordings for 2024.

Blogger Mary R. Voors

2024 Notable Children’s Books list

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Here is the complete list of the Notable Children’s Books for 2024. Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially…

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Maybe your next Mock Award Program should be a Mock Batchelder

It’s that time of year, when the smell of Pumpkin Spice is everywhere and squirrels are trying to get into the attic that thoughts turn to the question, ‘What are the best books of the year?’ This is the time of top ten lists and best books, and everyone is guessing what titles will win the top honors. Questions like, ‘Are you going to attend the Youth Media Awards at LibLearnX?’ are starting to appear. The slight panic of not having read enough to guess the winners while staring at a your TBR pile creeps in. Instead of trying to predict all the awards, maybe focus on the Sibert, Pura Belpré, or a personal favorite, the Mildred L. Batchelder. Consider delving into the world of translations for children this award season and offering a Mock Batchelder program!

Blogger Jonda C. McNair

2025 ALSC Award Committee Appointments

Dear ALSC Members, I hope to see many of you at the 2024 LibLearnX Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, January19–22. For those attending the conference, please also join us for the Youth Media AwardsCeremony on January 22. At that event, the winners of prestigious ALSC awards, such as theBatchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, and Sibert, will be announced—in addition to thewinners of other awards, such as the Coretta Scott King and the YALSA Award for Excellence inNonfiction for Young Adults.