ALA Midwinter 2012

Youth Media Awards at #alamw12

Once more, ALA’s Youth Media Awards — the crí¨me de la crí¨me of the children’s and YA book communities — met expectations. Early this morning, hundreds of young people’s literature enthusiasts filled the Dallas Convention Center Theater to hear the Awards announced. There were some surprises, but the committees had to feel good as they heard the shrieks of excitement as each award winner was made known. Want to see which titles won?  Click here for the official press release. Congratulations to all the winners. And THANK YOU  to all the committee members for your hard work! You are appreciated!

ALA Midwinter 2012

What have you read recently that’s great?

Each year at the midwinter ALA conference, a variety of children’s books and media awards are announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards. This press conference is attended by 1500 or so interested children’s librarians, book publicists, editors, and other children’s literature enthusiasts. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of reading by dedicated committees committed to selecting the best of the best. Called by some the “Oscars of children’s literature,” these awards create much speculation by book lovers around the country. Much of the fun of these awards is all the reading and talking in the months leading up to the announcements about the excellent new books being published.  The speculation about what might win these major awards — especially the Caldecott and the Newbery — has spawned a wide range of blogs and conjecture focusing on these topics. At my library, we use a Mock Caldecott blog…