Awards & Scholarships

Are YOU offering a Mock YMA Election This Year?

Get ready to submit your Mock YMA results! Is your library offering a Mock Newbery or Mock Sibert discussion and election this year? Maybe your classroom or school is offering a Mock Caldecott or Coretta Scott King? Or perhaps your book discussion group is offering a Mock Printz or a Mock Pura Belpré election? We all want to see what your group thinks will be selected as the “best of the best” in young people’s literature!

ALA Midwinter 2018

Are you ready for the 2018 Youth Media Awards announcements?

ALA 2018 Youth Media Awards (YMA)logo

In less than two weeks, the ALA 2018 Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw18. Hundreds and hundreds of librarians will be at the press conference which will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. MT at the Colorado Convention Center. They will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Pura Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, Schneider Family, and more. 

ALA Midwinter 2018

Submit Your Mock Elections Results!

What is taking the top honors in YOUR Mock YMA elections? Submit your results now at Do you have February 12th marked on your calendar as a red-letter day? If you do, you might be as much as a children’s lit geek as I am! It is, of course, the day the ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver. I love to hear which titles are selected as the official winners. And I love, love, love to track what librarians, students, and other children’s book lovers have selected in their mock elections. Again this year, the ALSC Blog is compiling winners of Mock Elections from around the country. Check it out here. We hope to see these lists grow extensively in the coming months. You can also find this tab at the top of the page of the ALSC Blog. If your…

Children's Literature (all forms)

Hosting a Mock Newbery Book Club: Terrific collaboration between school and public librarians!

After being part of the mock Newbery group Heavy Medal in-person discussions, both of us were eager to share this empowering experience with kids. Armin is a children’s librarian at Berkeley Public Library who was on the 2015 Newbery Committee. Mary Ann is an elementary teacher librarian at the Berkeley Unified School District. We met originally through the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California and were both members of ALSC’s Bill Morris Seminar. As we talked about launching our own Mock Newbery Book Club, our goals were threefold: Honor students’ voices and their choices about reading Develop students’ opinions and thoughtful engagement with books Harness kids’ enthusiasm so they could help create “book buzz” about brand new books We teamed up to host a book club that was open to all 4th and 5th graders at Emerson School. We have run our Mock Newbery Book Club for the past…

ALA Midwinter 2016

Mock Election Results

Every year libraries and schools around the United States offer Mock Election programs in preparation for the annual Youth Media Awards. These discussions are a great opportunity for children’s literature aficionados to gather and talk about a topic they love and to learn more about some of the great, recently published books for kids. We are developing a page on the ALSC Blog with many of the results from this year’s Mock Elections around the country. Check it out here. You can also find this tab on the homepage of the ALSC Blog. So far, we have some results from: Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana Eastern Shore Libraries Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and other nearby schools in southwest Ohio Massachusetts Library System We’d love to include your Mock Election. If you are willing to have us post your results, just send…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Mock Newbery Book Club

October still feels like the beginning of the school year, but it is approaching the end of the publishing year.  So for me, it is time to take stock of the year’s best books, and begin the process of narrowing the list to the 6-8 titles we will use with our annual Mock Newbery book club of 4th through 6th graders. Our Newbery club meets once per week, beginning in November culminating with a party following the announcement of the actual award (January28th this year) for a total of about eight to ten weekly meetings depending how the holidays land.  Attendance is nice for discussing the books, but not required to participate. Our meetings are held before school, and some of our truly avid readers stay up way too late to get to school early! Everyone participates by filling out a Newbery Club Score Card when they finish a book. …