Secrecy, excitement, and jubilation are three words that, in my opinion, best embody the spirit of the YMA Announcements. In-person or virtual, the event retains its spirit of secrecy and great anticipation. As the President of ALSC, I was privileged this year to be among the “keepers of the secret.” But the virtual character of the event made it a torture to have to keep “the secret” for nearly a week prior to the announcements.
This morning a few of my colleagues and I tuned in to the livestream of the Youth Media Awards and oh my goodness! So many fabulous books were honored, including a few books of my heart. And I look forward to reading the ones I haven’t yet read. A few books of my heart were honored this year and it was so amazing to hear their titles called! In particular, my colleagues knew that I was really rooting for Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. Just last week, I suggested it for my library’s LGBTQ+ book discussion. I told our leader that I was going to go ahead and put in the ILL requests before it got bombarded with shiny stickers and no one would loan it to us for awhile. Yay for me that I did that because boy howdy did it get bombarded! Another book…
One of my favorite days of the year is when the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMAs) are announced. For years, they have been announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting with a buzzing auditorium full of excited librarians, publishers, and other children’s literature aficionados in attendance. Due to the pandemic, the announcements went virtual in 2021. This year the YMA announcements were once again live-streamed as they were announced at ALA’s virtual conference LibLearnX – Library Learning Experience.
I teach children’s literature in a Canadian university and my students are the next generation of children’s services librarians. For the past 2 years I have held a class-wide Mock Caldecott. This serves the dual purpose of introducing them to a lot of current illustrated material and teaching them the specifics of this important book award. My hope is that they will be able to apply these same steps to other children’s book and media awards. After reading and book-talking eligible books all term, we came up with the following top 10 Mock Caldecott contenders, in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the illustrator.
In just over two weeks, on Monday morning, January 28th, the Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw19. Excitedly, we will all hear what wins some of the most prestigious book awards in the world, including the Newbery Award, the Caldecott Award, the Printz Award, the Batchelder Award, and more. As excitement builds, librarians in schools and libraries around the country offer Mock YMA elections to help stimulate and share the reading enthusiasm and excitement. The ALSC Blog collects results from these mock elections and compiles the results on its Mock Elections page.
Today the ALSC board voted to change the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. It was an epic, historic moment those of us in the room will never forget!
ALSC recently released its schedule for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. You can join in by participating in one of ALSC’s many events. These include: Leadership & ALSC ALA Youth Media Awards ALSC Mini Institute (separate registration required) And don’t forget that the Conference Scheduler is now available. You can find all of ALSC’s events by clicking the “Sponsors” criteria and choosing “ALSC.” Learn more and register! See you in Atlanta!