ALA Youth Media Awards on Today Show

Contact: Jennifer Petersen

ALA PIO Media Relations

Manager,(312) 280-4393


For Immediate Release

February 3, 2009

CHICAGO - On Jan. 27, the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2009 Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners, and the Chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss the ALA’s Youth Media Awards.

King Book Award Committee Chair Deborah Taylor was interviewed on the Tuesday morning broadcast with Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medal winner for “The Graveyard Book,” and Beth Krommes, Caldecott Medal winner for “The House in the Night.” In the interview, both Gaiman and Krommes discuss the inspiration behind their work. The “Today” clip can be seen at:

The awards were given out on Monday, Jan. 26, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver. The presentation was streamed through a live Webcast and subsequently viewed by more than 9,100 online viewers. The archived Webcast can be viewed at

Presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Youth Media Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of children’s literature, guiding parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit the ALA Web site at

For a list of all 2009 ALA Youth Media Award winners, visit: