Left to Right: American Library Association (2012 – 2013) President Maureen Sullivan; Young Adult Library Services Association President (2012- 2013) Jack Martin; Association for Library Service to Children President Carolyn Brodie; 2013 Chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Jonda McNair; and REFORMA President (2012- 2013) Denice Atkins
Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
The 2013 announcements of the ALA Youth Media Awards took place at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28, from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
An encore presentation of the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast is now available. To track media coverage and the latest news regarding 2013 selections please visit the ALA Youth Media Awards Facebook page,
2013 book cover artwork is available at http://tinyurl.com/ymabooks2013
The Caldecott Medal 75th Anniversary
2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which honors the illustrator of the year's most distinguished American picture book for children. For generations Caldecott selections have fostered a love for reading among children and guide educators, parents and librarians in selecting the best of the best in children’s picture books.
Presented every year since 1938, the medal is named for Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century English illustrator known for the action, vitality and humor of his picture books. No other literary prize for children’s picture books has the economic significance as the Caldecott Medal. Receiving a Caldecott Medal practically guarantees that the winning title will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for decades to come.