The working calendar

ALA Annual: Chair and Jury in place.

Post Annual – Dec 1: Nominate/suggest and request reading copies of appropriate titles.

  • The ALA office will ask publishers to send requested books to the Jury members. The ALA office is responsible for maintaining up to date list and contact information.
  • Jury members will participate in ongoing Jury discussions.
  • Anyone may submit a title for consideration.

October 20th is the last day to request reading copies via the ALA office staff.

November (1-15 approximately) a phone conference call will be held to vote for a short list of books members consider worthy of an award.

  • To supplement the virtual discussion, conference calls or virtual meetings take place to vote for short list.
  • Chair will compile titles and develop a “Consideration List” and send it to all committee members via the listserv.

ALA Midwinter

  • Meeting held at mutually agreed time on Friday afternoon to select the winners
  • The Jury will meet on Sunday to confidentially notify winners.
  • The Jury will meet to prepare press release
  • Attend press conference held on Monday morning. The Jury will meet in a specific area designated by the ALA Press Office for pictures and walk in as a group and sit in an assigned area.
  • Post Midwinter the Jury will work on citations.

June. ALA Annual.

  • Attend luncheon hosted by Dr. Schneider for the current Schneider Family Book Award winners, their publishers, the ALA liaison, and Jury members.
  • The Schneider Family Book Award plaques are presented to the winners at the ALA Awards ceremony, Sunday before the ALA President’s Program
  • Award/President’s Reception, Sunday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.