Press Releases

Jan 25: ALA announces 2021 Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits taking place virtually from...

Jan 26: Call for applications for Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

CHICAGO — The 2021 application process for the ALA’s Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children is open.

This award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general...

Jan 26: Nominations open for Paul Howard Award for Courage

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the Paul Howard Award for Courage. The award honors a librarian, library board, library group, or an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services in...

Jan 26: Celebrate the joy of reading with Miss Piggy and Kermit READ® poster tees

CHICAGO – Apparel and accessories company Out of Print is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) on the debut of its Disney Miss Piggy and Kermit Muppets READ® tees. The T-shirt will feature a vintage image of Miss Piggy and Kermit among the library...

Jan 25: Murray-Rust's seven action steps for reinventing the library

CHICAGO — After a career of more than 40 years, Catherine Murray-Rust, former Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech and a self-proclaimed library disrupter, sees our profession’s central challenge as simply this: how to turn the library outward in order to make a difference in the lives of...

Jan 25: Tae Keller, Michaela Goade win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

CHICAGO - Tae Keller, author of “When You Trap a Tiger,” and Michaela Goade, illustrator of “We Are Water Protectors” are the 2021 recipients of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. 

Keller and Goade were among the award...

Jan 25: David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka win Geisel Award for 'See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog'

CHICAGO – Author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka are the 2021 recipients of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog” published by Candlewick Press. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a...

Jan 25: Mildred Taylor wins 2021 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

CHICAGO – Mildred D. Taylor is the winner of the 2021 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a significant and lasting contribution to literature for children. Her numerous works include “Roll of Thunder, Hear...

Jan 25: Committee for Children wins Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for 'The Imagine Neighborhood'

CHICAGO – Committee for Children is the 2021 recipient of the Award for the podcast "The Imagine Neighborhood." The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting &...

Jan 25: Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann win 2021 Sibert Medal

CHICAGO – Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, author and illustrator of "Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera," were named the winners of the 2021 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2020. The award was announced today by the...

Jan 25: 2021 Batchelder Award honors Enchanted Lion Books for 'Telephone Tales'

CHICAGO – Enchanted Lion Books is the winner of the 2021 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “Telephone Tales.” The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting &...

Jan 25: Raúl González, Ernesto Cisneros y Yamile Saied Méndez ganan premios Pura Belpré 2021

CHICAGO – Raúl González, ilustrador de “¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat”;  Ernesto Cisneros, autor de “Efrén Divided” y Yamile Saied Méndez, autora de “Furia,” fueron seleccionados como los ganadores de la edición 2021 del Premio Pura Belpré de Ilustración; al Autor de Libros Infantiles; y al Autor de...

Jan 25: Raúl Gonzalez, Ernesto Cisneros and Yamile Saied Méndez win Pura Belpré Awards

CHICAGO – Raúl Gonzalez, illustrator of “¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat,” Ernesto Cisneros, author of “Efrén Divided,” and Yamile Saied Méndez, author of “Furia,” are the 2021 recipients of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, Children’s Author Award and Young Adult Author Award, honoring Latinx authors and...

Jan 25: 'Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story)' wins 2021 Printz Award

CHICAGO – “Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story),” written by Daniel Nayeri and published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Levine Querido, has won the 2021 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced...

Jan 25: 'The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh' wins 2021 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

CHICAGO –“The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh,” written by Candace Fleming and published by Schwartz and Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, has been named the 2021 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the...

Jan 25: 'If These Wings Could Fly' wins 2021 William C. Morris Award

CHICAGO – “If These Wings Could Fly,” written by Kyrie McCauley and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, has been named the 2021 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was...

Jan 25: Scholastic Audio wins 2021 Odyssey Award for 'Kent State'

CHICAGO – Scholastic Audio, producer of the audiobook “Kent State,” has won the 2021 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association’s ALA Midwinter Virtual, held Jan. 22–26.

The Odyssey Award is given to...

Jan 25: Kekla Magoon wins 2021 Edwards Award for 'X: A Novel'; 'How It Went Down'; 'The Rock and the River'; and 'Fire in the Streets'

CHICAGO – Kekla Magoon is the recipient of the 2021 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “X: A Novel.” co-written by Ilyasah Shabazz and published by Candlewick Press; “How It Went Down,” published by...

Jan 25: YALSA announces 2021 Alex Awards

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2021 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Jan 25: Core Announces the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2019 and...

Jan 25: Dorothy L. Guthrie, 2021 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

CHICAGO – Dorothy L. Guthrie, is the recipient of the 2021 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, held virtually Jan. 22 – 26.

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Jan 25: Jacqueline Woodson, Frank Morrison win 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

CHICAGO – Jacqueline Woodson, author of “Before the Ever After” and Frank Morrison, illustrator of “R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul,” are the winners of the 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children...

Jan 25: 'We Are Little Feminists: Families' wins 2021 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

CHICAGO – "We Are Little Feminists: Families," written by Archaa Shrivastav and designed by Lindsey Blakely, is the 2021 recipient of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced at 8 a.m. CT, today by the American...

Jan 25: 2021 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor authors or illustrators for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today at 8 a.m....

Jan 25: 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners announced

CHICAGO – The 2021 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), were announced at 8 a.m. Central today at ALA Midwinter Virtual, held Jan. 22 - 26.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is...

Jan 25: YMA highlights 2021 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth category winners

CHICAGO - The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), announced 2021 winners of its Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth categories today at 8 a.m. Central during the ALA Youth Media Award announcements at ALA...

Jan 22: ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2021 Notable Films for Adults list

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2021 list of Notable Films for Adults, a list of 12 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its...

Jan 22: Twenty additional 2020-2021 Spectrum Scholarships funded by anonymous donor

CHICAGO — Upon assuming the role of executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) last year, Tracie D. Hall prioritized the association's strategic focus on digital and information access; equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and the LIS workforce; and the preservation of...

Jan 22: New York Times's 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones to serve as 2021 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been appointed as the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021, celebrated April 25-May 1, 2021. As the creator of The New York Times's landmark...

Jan 21: AR Tools for Library Instruction webinar presented by LIRT

CHICAGO — This ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Webinar is presented by the LIRT Teaching Learning and Technology Committee.

Learn more about augmented reality (AR) tools and best practices you can use to enhance instructional experiences in your library at this FREE webinar!...