Tuesday, November 3, 2009

American Library Association

You don’t have to be a librarian to find great information at the American Library Association website. ALA is the organization that presents some of the most respected awards in children’s literature (Descriptions taken from the ALA site):
· Carnegie Medal Information about the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children.
· Geisel Award Information about the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, to select from the books published the preceding year within the terms, definitions and criteria governing the awards, the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
· Wilder Medal Current Winner The current winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, and honoring an author or illustrator whose books, published inthe United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
· Children's Notable Lists Links to current and past ALSC Children's Notable Lists, including books, recordings, videos and computer software.
· Newbery Medal Information about the current ALSC Newbery Medal winners and links to past winners and award criteria. Administered by the Association for Library Service to Children.
· YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature The Michael L. Printz Award honors the best book written for young adults each year. Find more information on Printz, including past winners, biographical information on Michael L. Printz, policies and procedures, and how to nominate a title.
· YALSA's Margaret A. Edwards Award The Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by School Library Journal, honors an author and specific works by that author for lifetime contribution to young adult literature. Find more information on the Edwards Award, including previous winners, biographical information on Margaret A. Edwards, policies and procedures, and how to nominate an author and title.
· YALSA's Alex Awards The Alex Awards are given to 10 adult books with special appeal to young adults. Find more information on the award, including past winners, policies and procedures and how to nominate a title.
· The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
And many, many more!!

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