Professional Awards & Grants

ALSC Professional Awards logoEvery year, more than $100,000 is given away through ALSC's professional awards, grants, and scholarships. Please click on the individual award or grant for application information. For information about scholarships please click here.

A list of the 2018 Professional Award winners is now available. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship

This fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend to allow a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, which contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950.

We are currently accepting applications for the Betchel Fellowship.
Applications are due by November 1, 2018. Deadline Extended! Applications Due November 8, 2018!


The Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

This award provides a $600 stipend, provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, for up to four winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.  Applicants must have fewer than 10 years of experience as a children’s librarian and work directly with children.

The application process is currently closed.
Winners of the Penguin Random House Group Award will be announced in late November 2018.


ALSC Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

This $3,000 grant provides financial assistance to a public library for developing an outstanding summer reading program for children.

We are currently accepting applications for the ALSC/Baker & Taylor Grant.
Applications are due by November 15, 2018.


The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a school or public library that has not before had the opportunity to host one.

We are currently accepting applications for the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award.
Applications are due by November 15, 2018.


ALSC Distinguished Service Award

This award honors an individual member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC.  The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference.

We are currently accepting nominations for the ALSC Distinguished Service Award.
Nominations are due by December 1, 2018.


Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant

This $3,000 grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books.  The grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations in efforts to help them continue their service. 

We are currently accepting applications for the Light the Way Grant.
Applications are due by December 1, 2018.



Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audiobooks and recordings from children’s trade publishers for award and notables consideration.  At the end of the year, after the awards have been given out, ALSC selects three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of these materials (estimated to be worth $10,000 each) to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. 

Bookapalooza applications will be available beginning November 1, 2018.