YALSA and ALSC announce Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
YALSA Program Officer


Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer


For Immediate Release
July 18, 2006

YALSA and ALSC announce Odyssey Award for best audiobook

produced for children and/or young adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), administrator of the prestigious Caldecott and Newbery Medals, among other awards, are pleased to announce the Odyssey Award, a new award for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.
The award, which will debut at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in 2008, is sponsored by
Booklist magazine and administered by YALSA and ALSC.

"With teens downloading music, podcasts and e-books in record numbers, this is the perfect time to announce the Odyssey Award for best annual youth audiobook," said YALSA President Judy Nelson.
"As authorities in selecting young adult books, YALSA is excited to be working with such prestigious organizations as ALSC and

"A little over a decade ago, unabridged spoken-word versions of children's books were a rarity," said ALSC President Kathleen T. Horning. "The
Harry Potter audiobooks really helped to popularize this medium for children and raised it to an art form. The Odyssey Award will set the standard for excellence, pointing children and teens toward the very best in audiobooks."

A committee that consists of ALSC and YALSA members will select the award.
The 2008 award will represent the best audiobook released in 2007.

"We're very excited to be sponsoring the Odyssey Award," said
Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott. "It's the perfect complement both to our ongoing sponsorship of YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature and to the magazine's commitment to coverage of the increasingly important audiobook field."

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens.
For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:

Originally established in 1956 as the Children's Library Association, ALSC leads the way in forging excellent library service for all children by supporting the profession of children's librarianship through education, advocacy and collaboration. For more information about ALSC awards, projects and events, visit
www.ala.org/alsc, or contact the ALSC office at 800-545-2433, ext. 2163,

For more than 100 years,
Booklist has been the librarian's leading choice for reviews of the latest books and (more recently) electronic media.
For more information about
Booklist and
Booklist Online visit
or contact Bill Ott, Editor and Publisher, at
bott@ala.org or 800-545-2433, ext. 5717.