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Banned and Challenged Newbery Books

I had the privilege of serving on the 2024 Newbery Committee with such a group of rockstars. I could not be prouder of our winner, The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers and our Honors, Eagle Drums by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson, Elf Dog and Owl Head, by M. T. Anderson, Mexikid: a Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín, Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow, and The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri. It’s gratifying to see these books join the company of so many impactful titles. 

- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Happy Birthday, (John) Newbery Award! #Newbery100

If you are planning to attend the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., please pack your party hat! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been celebrating 100 years of the (John) Newbery Award this past year via online webinars and an online symposium. Those of us headed to Washington, D.C. for ALA’s Annual Conference can now look forward to in-person celebrations at the Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet and at the Newbery 100! Celebration, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis (Independence Salons E F G H) on Saturday, June 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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How Are You Celebrating the Newbery 100th Anniversary?

As the calendar turns to 2022 and we eagerly await the 2022 Newbery Selection Committee’s announcement on January 24th, we are officially in the home stretch of the Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration. Many libraries are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will your library have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Many libraries, schools, bookstores, individuals, and groups are planning to observe and celebrate the100th anniversary of the Newbery Award. Will YOU have special programming around the 100th anniversary? Please let the ALSC Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force know your plans. We will list your program on our website to promote your efforts and to share your plans.  Do you need any ideas? If…

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Mocktail Hour: Bring Your Own & Talk Mock on Friday, November 5th!

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, (ALSC) has partnered with the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois for a daylong symposium celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Newbery Award. This is a virtual event scheduled for this coming Friday, November 5th. Registration is free, and the recording will be available through the Center for Children’s Books following the event.