Association for Library Service to Children

ALA announces 2021 Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits taking place virtually from Chicago.

A list of all the 2021 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature: 

ALA to announce youth media awards from virtual conference

Parents, publishers await announcements of the best of the best in materials, media for youth

CHICAGO — Parents, children’s and young adult authors, illustrators, and publishing groups are waiting in anticipation for the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements.

ALA Youth Media Awards webcast open to schools, libraries and public

CHICAGO - On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT, the American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during its Youth Media Awards announcements.

Dickerson, Lehtonen, Schulz, Stovall, Takahashi, selected for ALSC Equity Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has selected five fellows for the ALSC Equity Fellowship  ALSC welcomes Equity Fellows, Eboni Dickerson, Erika Lehtonen, Natassia Schulz, Melissa Stovall, and Mai Takahashi. ALSC thanks members of Storytime Underground for their generous donation in support of the ALSC Equity Fellowship and ALSC’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

ALSC, BCALA leadership to join national Netflix conversation on race, identity, and social justice in children's literature

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, September 22 at 5 p.m. CT | 3 p.m. PT, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Kirby McCurtis and Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Vice-President Nichelle M. Hayes will join other prominent African American leaders in a panel discussion on race, identity, and social justice in children's literature.

ALSC President Kirby McCurtis discusses #LooktoLibraries with ABC News

CHICAGO – Today Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) President Kirby McCurtis, appeared as a guest on "Pandemic: What You Need to Know," a new ABC Network program temporarily replacing the third hour of Good Morning America. This national news segment focused on ALSC’s new initiative #LooktoLibraries, a national effort to bring attention to the work and expertise of children’s librarians as media mentors, especially in times of crisis.

ALSC partners with Netflix on Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) partnered with Netflix in support of Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, a collection of 12 episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children's books from Black authors. Visit: to view the episodes and to access links to additional resources. The videos are also available for free without subscription on the Netflix Jr.

ALSC 2020 Virtual Institute opens for registration

Registration for the 2020 ALSC Virtual Institute, “Dive In: Engage, Amplify, Activate,” is now open! This year’s Virtual Institute will convene October 2-3, 2020, in lieu of the originally planned in-person event in Minneapolis, MN.

Free resources empower parents, caregivers with tools to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with youth

CHICAGO — As many families sheltered in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital media for information, education and entertainment has skyrocketed. Now, more than ever, as parents and caregivers look to libraries for support, the work of children’s librarians, serving as media mentors, is essential.

ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship application cycle opens

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that the ALSC Equity Fellowship application cycle is open.