For immediate release | December 6, 2011

ALA Youth Media Awards webcast available to 10,000 viewers

CHICAGO – Approximately 10,000 viewers will join more than 1,300 onsite audience members at 7:45 a.m. CST on Jan. 23 for the announcement of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. The announcement is part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting taking place from Jan. 20 – 24 at the Dallas Convention Center.

The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children’s audio and video materials. Known worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy by national judging committees composed of librarians and other children’s literature experts.

The 2011 announcements will consist of 18 awards, including the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Awards; John Newbery Medal; Michael L. Printz Award; Schneider Family Book Award; and the Randolph Caldecott Medal.

The number of available connections for the webcast is limited. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live webcast by visiting

If you are not able to join the webcast, you also can follow results live on Facebook @alayma, or Twitter at (#alayma). Members also can view live updates via the ALA Youth Media Awards press kit.

The press release announcing all ALA Youth Media Award recipients will be available on the ALA homepage and the Youth Media Awards Press Kit at prior to 10 a.m. CST, Jan. 23.

After the announcements The American Library Association (ALA) will highlight videos from winning authors on its YouTube Channel at

For more information regarding the ALA Youth Media Awards please visit


Macey Morales