Press Releases

Feb 12: Jacqueline Woodson wins 2018 Wilder Award

DENVER Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Her numerous works include “Brown Girl...

Feb 12: Larry Dane Brimner wins 2018 Sibert Medal

DENVER — Larry Dane Brimner, author of “Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961,” was named the winner of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2017. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (...

Feb 12: 2018 Batchelder Award honors Delacorte Press for 'The Murderer’s Ape'

Denver — Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, is the winner of the 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for “The Murderer’s Ape.” The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of...

Feb 12: Debbie Reese to deliver 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

DENVER — Blogger and educator Debbie Reese, PhD, founder of American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog, will deliver the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the...

Feb 12: Juana Martinez-Neal, Ruth Behar win Pura Belpré Awards

DENVER —Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrator of “La Princesa and the Pea,” and Ruth Behar, author of “Lucky Broken Girl,” are the 2018 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino/a authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino...

Feb 12: HarperAudio wins 2018 Odyssey Award for 'The Hate U Give'

DENVER — HarperAudio, producer of the audiobook, “The Hate U Give,” has won the 2018 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held Feb. 9–13, in Denver.

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Feb 12: ‘We Are Okay’ wins 2018 Printz Award

DENVER — “We Are Okay,” written by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, has won the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner...

Feb 12: 'Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers' wins 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

DENVER — “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” written by Deborah Heiligman and published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has been named the 2018 winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the first national award that...

Feb 12: 'The Hate U Give' wins 2018 William C. Morris Award

DENVER — “The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has been named the 2018 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was...

Feb 12: Angela Johnson wins 2018 Edwards Award for Heaven, Looking for Red, The First Part Last, Sweet, Hereafter, Bird, and Toning the Sweep

DENVER —  Angela Johnson is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for Heaven, Looking for Red, The First Part Last, and Sweet, Hereafter published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young...

Feb 12: YALSA announces 2018 Alex Awards

DENVER — 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 2018 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Booklist, were...

Feb 12: White House budget proposal continues to miscalculate the value of libraries
 
In its FY 2019 budget released today, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The decision echoes the FY...
Feb 12: Renée Watson, Ekua Holmes win 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

DENVER — Renée Watson, author of “Piecing Me Together,” and Ekua Holmes, illustrator of “Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets,” are the winners of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Awards honoring African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults....

Feb 12: Eloise Greenfield is the 2018 recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

DENVER– Eloise Greenfield is the recipient of the 2018 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 Feb. 9 – 13, in Denver, Colorado.

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Feb 12: 'Little & Lion' and 'The 57 Bus' win 2018 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

DENVER — “Little & Lion” by Brandy Colbert and published by Little, Brown and Company, and “The 57 Bus” by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux are the 2018 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award....

Feb 12: 2018 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

DENVER – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award was announced today during the...

Feb 11: 2018 Notable Books List: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry announced

Denver—The Reference and User Services Association's Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2018 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction,...

Feb 10: Reference experts announce annual Outstanding Reference Sources list for adults

DENVER - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2017 have been named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and...

Feb 10: Readers’ advisory experts announce 2018 Reading List: Year’s best in genre fiction for adult readers

The Reading List Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult...

Feb 10: Ilana Kurshan named winner of 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature

DENVER – The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal, an annual honor bestowed by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) at...

Feb 10: "The Music of Central Asia" awarded 2018 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference

Denver-- The winner of the 2018 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services...

Feb 10: ALSC announces Steven L. Herb as 2018 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Herb is 2018 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr. Steven L. Herb is the 2018 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...

Feb 10: Public and health sciences librarians to gather in May for collaborative symposium

Stipends available to cover public library workers’ attendance costs

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is inviting public library workers to participate in an exclusive learning and networking opportunity focused on quality public health information...

Feb 10: 2018 AILA Youth Literature Awards Announced

DENVER — The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected three titles to receive the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award. The 2018 AILA Best Picture Book is Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy (2017), published by Sealaska...

Feb 09: ALA president welcomes FY2018 federal budget agreement, applauds library advocates

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Congress passed and the president signed an FY2018 budget deal that will likely include at least level funding for federal library programs at FY2017 levels. Below is the statement of ALA President Jim Neal:

We are pleased that Congress has passed an FY2018 spending...

Feb 08: Three outstanding authors to speak at PLA 2018 Conference luncheons

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the special guest speakers for the author luncheons at the PLA 2018 Conference, taking place March 20-24 in Philadelphia, Penn. Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the...

Feb 08: New session—Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program with Katie LaMantia and Emily...

Feb 08: New workshop—Makerspaces: Embracing DIY Culture at Your Library

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Makerspaces: Embracing DIY Culture at Your Library with Ellyssa Kroski. This workshop will last 90 minutes and...

Feb 08: New iteration—Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of our popular advanced eCourse Cataloging for...

Feb 08: New iteration:—Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games eCourse

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Engaging Teens with Digital Media: Creating Stories and Games. Kelly Czarnecki will...