Odyssey Award Selection Committee - 2025

Charge

To annually select the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the united states during the preceding year and, if desired, to also select honor titles.

Roster

Ms. Ruth Shaw
(Chair, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Anush Balayan
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Bethany Bratney
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Janise Marie Buck
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Ms. Rosa H. Diaz
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Christina P. Dominique-Pierre
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Ms. Jean M. Jansen
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Dr. Jen Spisak
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)
Mary R. Voors
(Member, February 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025)

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Composition

The Odyssey Award Selection Committee consists nine members: five members appointed by ALSC; five appointed by YALSA; a chair whose appointment alternates between ALSC and YALSA, with a non-voting consultant from the staff Booklist. Members serve a one-year term beginning immediately after Midwinter and ending after Midwinter of the announcement year. (Chair + 10, plus Booklist consultant)

Origin

Established in 2006 at the request of the ALSC and YALSA Board of Directors.

The 2025 Committee is reviewing audiobooks published between November 1, 2023 and October 31, 2024, for the 2025 awards

The 2025 award winners will be announced in January 2025.

YALSA administers the award in odd years. Please visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/odyssey-award for submission information.

Staff Liaison

ALSC Awards Coordinator

312-280-2163

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  • Replacement positions pop up and are filled throughout the year (ongoing)

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