May 23, 2018

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Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award and Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Lingering Lessons of the YMAs

The 2018 Youth Media Awards taught us a few things: age is relative, small can win big, and award winners reflect the times.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2018

Our reviews of this year’s YMA winners, as well as past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

A Newbery Medal First At 2018 YMAs

The Newbery went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly; the Caldecott was won by “Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell; and “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour won the Printz.

Caldecott and Newbery Medal Wins Bring Instant Boost to Book Sales

Winning a Newbery or Caldecott Medal boosts sales and interest in the selected books—and moves publishers and bookstore staff into immediate action.

Affiliates Excited to Share Stage at ALA’s “Oscars”

The Youth Media Awards will have a few new announcements in 2019 – and this may be only the beginning.

YMAs to Include Multicultural Awards in 2019 Ceremony

ALA will add multicultural awards announcements to 2019 YMAs ceremony.

Scenes from the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

Photos from an exhilarating weekend at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

“March: Book Three” Makes History at the YMAs | ALA Midwinter 2017

John Lewis’s “March: Book Three” took four Youth Media Awards, including the Printz, while Javaka Steptoe’s “Radiant Child” won the Caldecott, and Kelly Barnhill’s “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” took the Newbery.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Winners of the 2017 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2017

A full list of the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards winners and honorees.

ALA Midwinter 2016 Photo Gallery

Snapshots from the festivities during this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Newbery Confidential

One librarian’s year of reading, sharing, and secret keeping while serving on the 2016 Newbery Award Committee.

The YMAs and the Future of Diverse Books | Editorial

The diversity in the 2015 Youth Media Awards selections was a critical step in the right direction, though barriers remain. Perhaps we will look back and recognize this as a turning point.

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

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”

A preview of our March issue.

Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover and Dan Santat’s The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend took home the medals for the Newbery and the Caldecott awards, respectively. Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun captured the Printz award.

2015 Youth Media Awards Broadcast Live from Chicago on February 2

You don’t have to be in Chicago on Monday, February 2 to share in the excitement of the American Library Association’s 2015 Youth Media Awards. An internet connection is all you need.

Laughter, Tears, and Gratitude at ALA Youth Media Awards Ceremonies | ALA 2014

At the Printz Award Ceremony and the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet, the authors’ acceptance speeches ranged from moving to side-splitting, and the enthralled audience was dressed to the nines.

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.

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.