Notable Children's Videos Submission Process

How to submit videos/DVDs for consideration for the Notable Children’s Videos List:

  • Review the terms and criteria.
  • Please download and complete a Submission Form for each entry.
  • Mail one copy of the video/DVD and a completed submission form to the ALSC office (ATTN: Carnegie Submission, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611-2795).
  • Mail one copy of the video/DVD and a completed submission form to the award committee chair. Address information can be found on the Submission Form.
  • ALSC membership is not a requirement to submit your work and there is not an entry fee for the Notable Children’s Videos.

Please note:

The ALSC office is only requesting for one copy to be sent to the ALSC office and one copy to the committee chair. Standards are in place for the committee members to review and share submissions. If you are submitting for multiple awards, only one copy needs to be sent to the ALSC office.

Neither the ALSC office nor the committee chair can confirm receipt of submissions. If you would like to confirm receipt of your submission please use a mailing service with delivery confirmation. Submissions that are dropped off in- person to the ALSC office will not be accepted.

The ALSC office cannot answer eligibility questions or advise on which award your submission is eligible for. It is up to you to review the terms and criteria and if you feel you qualify, submit as appropriate. Eligibility is determined by the committee and is confidential.

The book and media awards are announced each year at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in January. The materials received by the ALSC office throughout the year will be used for ALSC’s Bookapalooza Program. The Bookapalooza Program selects three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of these materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.

Deadline for submitting videos/DVDs is December 31 of the publication year.

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FAQs about ALSC’s Book & Media Awards Program


“Notable” is defined as worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, and outstanding. 

In identifying notability in videos/DVDs for children, notable should be thought to include videos/DVDs for all age levels (through age 14) of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for the child’s intelligence and imagination; the video/DVD should, in exemplary ways, reflect and encourage the interests of children.

The Notable Children’s Video list will include the Carnegie Medal Award winner.

Criteria used in evaluation are:
1. Utilization of media
2. Technicality
3. Organization and appropriate treatment of material
4. Authenticity
5. Subject matter of interest and value to children

The videos/DVDs should make effective use of the special techniques of the medium and should be technically well done with clear and appropriate use of sound and visuals to create a unified artistic whole.  Adaptations of material originally produced in the other mediums should remain true to, expand, or complement the original work in some way, as well as meet general criteria for excellence.


To be eligible for consideration, a video/DVD:

1. Must be a video or DVD for which children are a potential audience
2. Must have been released in the immediate year preceding the Midwinter Meeting at which the selections are made.
3. Can be feature length, but not a theatrically released feature
4. Can be an episode of a series
5. Can be based on another medium (except a filmstrip transfer), or made for another medium (i.e. television)
6. Should be available for use in homes and public libraries
7. Should be in original format
8. Must be in English.  “In English” means that the committee considers only a video or DVD published in English.  This requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context.