November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

One and Done: Serving on ALSC Committees and Never Coming Back

Eleven years ago I served on the Newbery committee that would award Susan Patron’s The Higher Power of Lucky one of the loftiest children’s literary awards in the land. Ten years later I was tapped to serve as the chair of the Arbuthnot Lecture committee.  Why the gap in time?  In my particular case it […]

The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

Librarian and critic Nina Lindsay unpacks the 2015 Youth Media Awards. Diversity was the hallmark of this year’s top honors in children’s literature, pushing boundaries of content, form, and style. Is this a harbinger of real change?

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kathleen T. Horning Named 2015 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Kathleen T. Horning, the director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award.

Graphic Novel Reading Lists Now Available from ALSC

Looking for graphic novel reading recommendations for grades K–8? Look no further than the just-released lists from the Association of Library Services to Children.

ALSC President’s Program: Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, and Communities | ALA 2014

At the ALA conference on June 30, over 200 youth librarians spent an hour and a half listening to three dynamic presentations during ALSC President’s Program, “The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities and Beyond.”

ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014

At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio books of 2014.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘Every Child Ready to Read’ Materials Available for Spanish-Speaking Communities

The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Resources for Coretta Scott King Award Winners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The winners of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Medals and four honor books were announced at the 2014 Youth Media Awards. Incorporate the following booktalks and tools when sharing these powerful books with young readers.

New ALSC Rule Will Limit Awards Committee Members’ Reviewing, Blogging

Starting in 2016, Youth Media Youth Awards committee members won’t be able to review or blog about titles eligible for that year’s awards.

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.

DiCamillo, Floca Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Elated shouts and cheers followed the announcements of each winner of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards for books published 2013, presented on January 27. Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca took the top prizes—the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

The Givers: What It Takes to Serve on the Newbery, Caldecott Committees

While the process of selecting the Caldecott and Newbery Medalists remains top secret, SLJ asked various committee members, past and present, to offer their insights on how to get tapped for the honor of a lifetime: being part of a Youth Media Awards selection committee.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

ALSC Awards 15 Grants to Libraries for Día Family Book Clubs

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs and incorporate Día literacy activities into their existing programs throughout the year.

Tween Recommended Reads from ALSC

The “Tween Recommended Reads” list from the Association of Library Services for Children (ALSC) includes contemporary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and more. From R.J. Palacio’s Wonder to Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Drama, these 2013 titles shine.

ALSC Light the Way Grant Applications Wanted

The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee is now accepting online applications for the 2014 Candlewick Light the Way grant, $3000 specifically earmarked to promote library outreach to underserved and special populations.

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.

NY Kid Lit Exhibit; REFORMA’s Mora Award; YALSA Top Ten | News Bites

The Port Washington (NY) Public Library will host an exhibition of kid lit illustrators. Arizona State University wins REFORMA’s 2013 Mora Award. YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list is announced. The Gale Virtual Reference Library adds nearly 200 children’s Encyclopedia Britannica titles. Apply for a ALSC/Candlewick Press Grant. A research fellowship is available at the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dollar General Awards Youth Literacy Grant to ALSC, YALSA

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $246,806 to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). ALSC and YALSA will use the funds to support El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week, and summer reading for teens.

Take the Follett Challenge; Future of Libraries Center; Día Mini-Grants | News Bites

Enter the Follett Challenge for a chance to receive up to $60,000. The American Library Association received a grant to establish a Center for the Future of Libraries. Apply for a Día Family Book Club Mini-Grant.