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100 Years of the Newbery Medal – Exploring with KT Horning

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has this medal been on a journey.  2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has…

ALA Annual Conference 2021

#Newbery and #Caldecott Virtual Banquet at #alaac2021

Usually, on this night, I am dressed up and sitting with a group of librarians to celebrate the #Newbery and #Caldecott Awards. This year, I still wanted it to be special. So, I treated my family to Yogurtland. I wore my “This Is How I Roll” t- shirt featuring a book truck. And, I got to visit the homes of amazingly talented authors and illustrators and listen to their inspiring words from my living room. I loved every minute of it. I encourage you to watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPOrSDaxsaE There are so many favorite moments, but a few highlights… In her Caldecott acceptance speech, illustrator Michaela Goade was truly an inspiration as the first indigenous/BIPOC woman to win a Caldecott. I want to listen to her speech over and over from her beautiful description of her home in Alaska to her discussion of her illustrations for “We Are Water Protectors”…

Awards & Scholarships

Call for Suggestions – 2018 Newbery Award

The Newbery committee is surrounded by books and beginning to identify worthy titles for discussion, but we need your assistance in ensuring we are identifying the very best in children’s literature published in 2017.  Please suggest a title to the committee for consideration.  Visit the Newbery Medal page, log into your ALA account and fill out the suggestion form.  It’s that easy! The Newbery Medal is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. Honor books may be named. Distinguished is defined as: marked by eminence and distinction: noted for significant achievement marked by excellence in quality marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence individually distinct More information can be found on the Submission Process and FAQ’s about ALSC’s Book & Media Awards pages. Send your choices soon – the suggestion form closes on October 15, 2017! ************************************************************************************************ Today’s…