Read any wonderfully illustrated children’s books recently?

The 2019 Caldecott Award Selection Committee invites ALSC members to submit book titles for consideration. The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in English during the preceding year. For the complete terms and criteria, refer to the ALSC website. Do note that only books from the 2018 publishing year are under consideration for the award. Also, please note that this suggestion form is for personal members of ALSC to use to nominate titles, and should not be used by publishers, authors, illustrators, or editors to suggest their own titles. Go to to post your suggestion. You will need to have your ALA login & password handy to access the suggestion forms. Deadline for your suggestions: December 15, 2018. Mary Fellows 2019 Caldecott Committee Chair

ALA Annual 2018

A Night of Children’s Book Excitement #alaac18

I feel like a fancy librarian for attending the Newbery, Caldecott, and now- Children’s Literacy Legacy Award (YAY!!!) for all five ALAs that I have attended. I also felt fancy for wearing a giant sheer bow fascinator that was an instant conversation piece! But– this awards reception remains a staple for my conference (sorry wallet) because of the pure joy that is expressed there– something all the award winners and ALA/ALSC presenters reminded us over and over. So really, I attend for the glamour and speeches (although you can do this all for free by just sitting in the chairs on the sides after dinner!) As a librarian, I book talk daily– sometimes it even spills into my personal time with RA to my hair stylist, barista, and anyone who happens to cross my path. And as we all know– you may never know the impact of handing a book to a…

Author Spotlight

Be Inspired By the 2016 ALSC Award Speeches!

Download Rafael Lopez' Belpre Acceptance Speech

Did you miss the ALSC media award acceptance speeches in Orlando? Or just want to enjoy them again at your leisure? PDFs of the Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Carnegie, Geisel, Newbery, Sibert, and Wilder acceptance remarks are available below. Thanks to ALSC Marketing Intern Elizabeth Taft, we’ve also provided some images with quotes below. These inspiring quotes show the passion and dedication authors and illustrators bring to children’s literature. Download PDFs         Download PDFs    

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Picture books, the greatest gift

Last year I read over 500 picture books. I don’t think I’ve read quite that many this year, but I have kept up a steady pace. I certainly have changed the way I look at picture books. Spending a year on the Caldecott committee does that – I will never look at a picture book the same way again, and this is a good thing. For one, it has made it easier for me to share how to look at the art in these books. I have been working with our local school board to help teachers look more closely at picture books. I spent a week in early December with the Grade 1 teachers. I showed them what I saw in the books, and they shared what they saw. I was amazed that I was able to find something new in The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. I…

ALSC Online Courses

Upcoming Awards Online Courses

Love the ALSC awards? Sign up for two upcoming ALSC online courses taught by K.T. Horning! Learn about the history, terms, and definitions of these two great awards. Each of these six-week classes are open for registration. Hurry, registration is limited! Winter 2016 The Sibert Medal: Evaluating Books of Information January 4 – February 12, 2016 Spring 2016 The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books April 4 – May 13, 2016 Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC Online Learning section of the ALSC website. Image courtesy of ALSC


Call for suggestions – 2016 Caldecott Award

What distinguished 2015 picture book is going to join the ranks of Beekle, Amos McGee, Mirette, and those mosquitoes that buzz in peoples in ears and win the 2016 Caldecott Medal? The committee is just anxious to find out as you are! Did you know you can make the suggestions to the Caldecott Selection Committee? Yep, and we take your suggestions seriously. So if you opened a 2015 picture book and gasped at the breathtaking beauty on the page, let us know. If you marveled at the brilliant subversiveness when art plays against the expectations of the text, please share. If you have delighted in an illustrator’s exceptional technique in the service of storytelling or sharing information in a compelling way, do tell. The 2016 Caldecott Award Committee is asking the ALSC membership to submit titles for consideration. The Caldecott Medal, along with Honors selected by the commitee, is presented…