Press Releases

Jan 27: LITA announces the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2020 Excellence in Children’s...

Jan 27: American Library Association announces 2020 youth media award winners

PHILADELPHIA- The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its...

Jan 27: PBS Kids wins Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, 'Molly of Denali'

PHILADELPHIA – PBS Kids is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for the app, Molly of Denali. 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...

Jan 27: Kevin Henkes wins 2020 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Henkes is the winner of the 2020 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. His numerous works include “Julius, the Baby of the...

Jan 27: James Yang wins Geisel Award for 'Stop! Bot!'

PHILADELPHIA – Author and illustrator James Yang is the 2020 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “Stop! Bot!” published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library...

Jan 27: Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal win 2020 Sibert Medal

PHILADELPHIA – Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal, author and illustrator of “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” were named the winners of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2019. The award was announced today...

Jan 27: 2020 Batchelder Award honors Enchanted Lion Books for Brown

PHILADELPHIA – Enchanted Lion Books is the winner of the 2020 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “Brown.” 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 & Exhibits...

Jan 27: “When Aidan Became a Brother” and “The Black Flamingo” win 2020 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

PHILADELPHIA – “When Aidan Became a Brother” written by Kyle Lukoff and illustrated by Kaylani Juanita and published by Lee & Low Books Inc., and “The Black Flamingo” by Dean Atta with illustrations by Anshika Khullar and...

Jan 27: 2020 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

Philadelphia ––The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author...

Jan 27: Steve Sheinkin wins 2020 Edwards Award

PHILADELPHIA – Steve Sheinkin wins the 2020 Edwards Award for “...

Jan 27: AILA announces 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Awards

Philadelphia — Today American Indian Youth Literature Award winning titles were highlighted during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media...

Jan 27: Jerry Craft, Kadir Nelson win 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Jerry Craft, author of “New Kid,” and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of “The Undefeated,” are the winners of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and...

Jan 27: 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners announced

PHILADELPHIA – The 2020 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), were announced today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

Jan 27: Mildred D. Taylor 2020 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

PHILADELPHIA–Mildred D. Taylor, is the recipient of the 2020 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The announcement was made today by the American Library Association (...

Jan 27: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop to deliver 2021 ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture

PHILADELPHIA – Literary scholar Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop will deliver the 2021 ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting...

Jan 27: Rafael López y Carlos Hernández ganan premios Pura Belpré

FILADELFIA – Rafael López, ilustrador de “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln”; y Carlos Hernández, autor de “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe”, fueron seleccionados como los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2020, que rinden...

Jan 27: YMA highlights 2020 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth category winners

PHILADELPHIA - The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), announced 2020 winners of its Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth categories today...

Jan 27: Rafael López, Carlos Hernandez win 2020 Pura Belpré Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Rafael López, illustrator of “Dancing Hands : How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln,” and Carlos Hernandez, author of “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe,” are the 2020 recipients of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and...

Jan 27: Scholastic Audiobooks wins 2020 Odyssey Award for “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction”

PHILADELPHIA– Scholastic Audiobooks producer of the audiobook, “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction,” has won the 2020 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library...

Jan 27: "Dig" wins 2020 Printz Award

PHILADELPHIA – “Dig,” written by A.S. King, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, has won the 2020 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA...

Jan 27: "Free Lunch" wins 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

PHILADELPHIA– “Free Lunch,” written by Rex Ogle, and published by Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company, has been named the 2020 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens....

Jan 26: 'Lost Children Archive,' 'Midnight in Chernobyl,' receive 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

PHILADELPHIA - The American Library Association (ALA) selects “Lost Children Archive,” by Valeria Luiselli, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, as the winner of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and "Midnight in Chernobyl," by Adam...

Jan 26: ALA Film and Media Round Table announces 2020 Notable Videos for Adults list

PHILADELPHIA – The American Library Association (ALA) Film and Media Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2020 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults...

Jan 25: McLinn Named Recipient of ALSC’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award

PHILADELPHIA -Dr. Claudette S. McLinn is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.

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Jan 25: AASL President holds office hours to discuss EDI in school libraries

CHICAGO – American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Mary Keeling will hold online offices hours at 6:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 6, to field questions regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in school libraries. The EDI office hours are a part of Keeling’s...

Jan 25: ALA persists with #eBooksForAll advocacy campaign: “Macmillan must lift the embargo”

PHILADELPHIA – ALA President Wanda Brown issued the following statement in response to Macmillan CEO John Sargent’s “Ask Me Anything” session at the ALA Midwinter Meetings on Saturday, January 25, 2020: 

“Today, Mr. Sargent invited conference attendees to ask him anything. He talked, and...

Jan 24: Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani to serve as 2020 National Library Week honorary chairs

CHICAGO—Authors and Olympic ice dancing medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will promote the value of libraries as honorary chairs of National Library Week, April 19—25, 2020. The Shibutanis will shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers, all of which transform...

Jan 24: Emily Drabinski, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to deliver keynotes at the Exchange Virtual Forum

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) have announced that Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will deliver keynote addresses at...