November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarians React to the Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2014

Like any award show, there will always be a range of reactions to winners announced, and to those who didn’t make the cut. The American Library Association’s 2014 Youth Media Awards, revealed on January 27 during the organization’s Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, are no exception. Librarians shared with SLJ–on video–their thoughts about the award committees’ choices.

Diversity 101: Addressing the Need for Diversity in Materials for Kids | ALA Midwinter 2014

In a lively ALA Midwinter panel moderated by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, three children’s book editors, one librarian and the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Group discussed ways to promote diversity in the content of books for young people.

SLJ Reviews of Youth Media Award-winning and Honor Books

Before Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and Brian Floca’s Locomotive won the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, respectively, they had won admiration from SLJ reviewers, as did many more Youth Media Award-winning and honor books. Read some of our reviews here.

Resources for Newbery Award-Winners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The results are in. Four Honor books were recently selected by American Library Association. With great kid appeal for students in grades two to nine, these books also meet classroom learning standards. Check out the following booktalks and resources for these acclaimed titles.

Book Awards Roundup: Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer Project, and Other Non-YMA Awards

While ALA’s Youth Media Awards took the spotlight on Monday morning, several other children’s book awards were recently announced, including the Orbis Pictus, Asian/Pacific American works, American Indian Youth Literature, Amelia Bloomer Project for feminist books, and the Rainbow Project focusing on LGBT titles.

How to Assess School Librarians | ALA Midwinter 2014

Library managers described how they’re creating and implementing new evaluation forms now required for school librarians in districts across the country in a resource-filled session at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.