Notable Children's Videos

About the Notable Children's Videos
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's videos on the Notable Children's Videos list.

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Award and Frequency

Annual recognition of titles is made via publication of the list on the ALSC web site, in Booklist magazine, and announcement of the list in a press release. 
This award is given out on an annual basis.


To be eligible for consideration, a video/DVD:

  1. Must be a video or DVD for which children are a potential audience
  2. Must have been released in the immediate year preceding the Midwinter Meeting at which the selections are made.
  3. Can be feature length, but not a theatrically released feature
  4. Can be an episode of a series
  5. Can be based on another medium (except a filmstrip transfer), or made for another medium (i.e. television)
  6. Should be available for use in homes and public libraries
  7. Should be in original format
  8. Must be in English.  “In English” means that the committee considers only a video or DVD published in English.  This requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context.


Application Instructions

To submit works for consideration for the Notable Children's Videos List:

  • Review the terms and criteria.
  • Send one copy and a completed Submission Form for each video to the ALSC office (ATTN: Notable Children's Video Submission, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611-2795). 
  • Submit one copy and a completed Submission Form for each video to the committee chair.  If you are able, send one copy of the work to each committee member (no need to send form).
  • Deadline for submitting works is December 31 of the publication year.  However, we encourage you to send your submission in early so the committee members have ample time to review the work.

The 2012 Carnegie Medal/Notable Children's Videos Committee is considering works published in the 2011 calendar year. Please e-mail to request further submission information

Contact Information

If you need more information, feel free to contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.

Selection Criteria

“Notable” is defined as worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, and outstanding.

In identifying notability in videos/DVDs for children, notable should be thought to include videos/DVDs for all age levels (through age 14) of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for the child’s intelligence and imagination; the video/DVD should, in exemplary ways, reflect and encourage the interests of children.

The Notable Children’s Video list will include the Carnegie Medal Award winner.

 Criteria used in evaluation are:

  1. Utilization of media
  2. Technicality
  3. Organization and appropriate treatment of material
  4. Authenticity
  5. Subject matter of interest and value to children

The videos/DVDs should make effective use of the special techniques of the medium and should be technically well done with clear and appropriate use of sound and visuals to create a unified artistic whole.  Adaptations of material originally produced in the other mediums should remain true to, expand, or complement the original work in some way, as well as meet general criteria for excellence.