Press Releases

Feb 01: 2019 Amelia Bloomer List presents top ten feminist books for young readers

SEATTLE – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a subgroup of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s...

Jan 31: ALA Executive Board releases statement regarding incident at Council Forum

The ALA Executive Board has released the following statement regarding a recent incident during Council Forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.

"We should not – and do not – accept harassment, bullying or discrimination of any kind in our profession or the work of...

Jan 30: Kaetrena Davis Kendrick named 2019 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO — Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, associate librarian at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Medford Library, is the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/...

Jan 30: 2019 Over the Rainbow List released, over 100 fiction and non-fiction titles

SEATTLE - The Over the Rainbow Booklist Committee of the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) considered 469 books this year, 284 fiction and 185 nonfiction titles. After careful reading,...

Jan 30: 2019 Rainbow Book List bibliography announced

SEATTLE - The 2019 Rainbow Book List, a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), was announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting...

Jan 30: 2019 Barbara Gittings Literature Award and Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award of the Stonewall Book Awards Announced

SEATTLE - Two of the 2019 Stonewall Book Awards were announced Sunday, Jan. 27th by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA), during the...

Jan 30: LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

Chicago -- The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2019 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’...

Jan 28: M.T. Anderson wins 2019 Edwards Award for “Feed,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves”

SEATTLE - M.T. Anderson is the recipient of the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Feed;” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party;” and “The Astonishing Life of Octavian...

Jan 28: New session—Writing for Your Library Website: Tips for Improving Your Content Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Writing for Your Library Website: Tips for Improving Your Content with Rebecca...

Jan 28: ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity.

The...

Jan 28: ALA, Grow with Google kick off economic opportunity initiative in public libraries nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Google launched a national tour of libraries as part of the Grow with Google initiative. The...

Jan 28: Meg Medina, Sophie Blackall win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

SEATTLE  — Meg Medina, author of “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” and Sophie Blackall, illustrator of “Hello Lighthouse,” are the 2019 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Medina and Blackall were among the award...

Jan 28: Walter Dean Myers wins 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award

SEATTLE – Walter Dean Myers is the winner of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include “Fast Sam, Cool Clyde,...

Jan 28: Claire Hartfield, Ekua Holmes win 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

SEATTLE – Claire Hartfield, author of “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” and Ekua Holmes, illustrator of “The Stuff of Stars,” are the winners of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young...

Jan 28: The Poet X Wins 2019 Printz Award

SEATTLE – “The Poet X,”, written by Elizabeth Acevedo published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has won the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA...

Jan 28: PBS Kids wins inaugural Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science

SEATTLE– PBS Kids is the 2019 recipient of the first Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award for Play and Learn Science. 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 28: Corey R. Tabor wins Geisel Award for “Fox the Tiger”

SEATTLE– Author and illustrator Corey R. Tabor is the 2019 recipient of the Award for “Fox the Tiger,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The award was announced today by the Association...

Jan 28: Yuyi Morales, Elizabeth Acevedo win Pura Belpré Awards

SEATTLE – Yuyi Morales, illustrator of “Dreamers,” and Elizabeth Acevedo, author of “The Poet X,” are the 2019 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latinx authors and illustrators whose...

Jan 28: Joyce Sidman wins 2019 Sibert Medal

seattle – Joyce Sidman, author of “The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science,” was named the winner of the 2019 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2018. The...

Jan 28: YALSA announces 2019 Alex Awards

SEATTLE – 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 2019 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Jan 28: Dr. Pauletta B. Bracy 2019 recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

SEATTLE – Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy is the recipient of the 2019 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 Jan. 25 – 29, in Seattle,...

Jan 28: “Julián is a Mermaid” and “Hurricane Child” win 2019 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

SEATTLE – “Julián is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love and published by Candlewick Press, and “Hurricane Child” by Kheryn...

Jan 28: “The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees” wins 2019 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

SEATTLE– The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees, by Don Brown and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been named the 2019 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the first national award that honors the best nonfiction books for teens. The award was...

Jan 28: American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners

SEATTLE  — 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 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

A list of all the 2019 award...

Jan 28: 2019 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

SEATTLE – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for...

Jan 28: 2019 Batchelder Award honors Thames & Hudson for “The Fox on the Swing”

Seattle– Thames & Hudson, Inc. is the winner of the 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “The Fox on the Swing.” 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 28: American Indian Youth Literature Awards highlighted during ALA Youth Media Awards

SEATTLE – The American Indian Library Association’s (AILA) American Indian Youth Literature Awards were highlighted today during the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award announcements. The awards are presented in even-numbered years, and new selection announcements will take...

Jan 28: 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners announced

SEATTLE – Selections from a new addition to the ALA Youth Media Awards pantheon were revealed today. The 2019 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 Seattle,...

Jan 28: Neil Gaiman to deliver 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

SEATTLE – Neil Gaiman will deliver the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor 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...

Jan 28: YMA highlights 2019 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth category winners

SEATTLE -The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the 2019 winners of its Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature youth categories today during the ALA Youth Media Award announcements in Seattle, Washington...