Awards (Books & Media)

Freedom to Read Celebration, Supporting the Merritt Fund, and Featuring Banned Author David Levithan

Join the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) along with banned author David Levithan, library professionals, authors, and friends for this 2022 Freedom to Read Celebration, Merritt Fund fundraiser, and reception.

The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide

CHICAGO — Just in time to celebrate a century of the Newbery Medal, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and ALA Editions present “The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide: Making the Most of the Award in Your Work.” Edited by Laura Schulte-Cooper, this book digs in and explores where the distinguished award intersects with library work in a range of areas such as collection policy, advocacy, programming, EDI efforts, and censorship.

'The Eagles Claw' by Jeff Shaara wins the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

“The Eagles Claw” by Jeff Shaara A novel of the Battle of Midway published by Ballantine Books is the winner of the 2022 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

The W.Y. Boyd Literary Award honors the best American Military Fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and citation, donated by the late author W.Y. Boyd II, recognizes the service of veterans and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. 

ALA Announces 2023 Carnegie Selection Committee

CHICAGO- The 2023 selection committee is starting work on choosing the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2023 committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers:

Stephen Sposato (chair) is the Content Curation Manager for Chicago Public Library.

Clancey D'Isa is the Director of Strategy and Development for the Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago), the first not-for-profit bookstores with bookselling as a mission.

LRRT announces the winners of the 2022 Jesse H. Shera Awards

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2022 recipients of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

Alex H. Poole receives the 2022 LHRT Donald G. Davis Article Award

The Donald G. Davis Article Award Committee of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to present the 2022 Davis Article Award to Alex H. Poole, Associate Professor of Information Science at Drexel University, for his article "'Tearing the Shroud of Invisibility': Communities of Protest Information Practices and the Fight for LGBTQ Rights in US Librarianship," which appeared in Library Quarterly Vol. 90, No. 4, 2020.

AASL announces Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released its annual list of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning. The Best Digital Tools provide opportunities for school librarians to enhance learning, engage learners, and collaborate with educators. The list can be found at

Mayde Creek High School receives AASL Inspire Special Event Grant

CHICAGO – Jessica Fitzpatrick, school librarian at Mayde Creek High School in Richmond, Texas, is one of five school librarians from across the country receiving a 2022 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Special Event Grant. Made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers, the grant program provides funds for public middle or high school libraries to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

Apply to host the 2023 Children’s Literature Lecture with Bryan Collier

CHICAGO — ALSC and the 2023 Children’s Literature Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2023 event featuring award-winning author/illustrator, Bryan Collier.

2022 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominees announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2022 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The nominees are as follows:

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