ALA to provide live Webcast of top children/teen literary awards
announcement Monday, January 14
(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards – on January 14 at 7:45 a.m. EST. The award announcements are made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will bring together more than 10,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests in Philadelphia from January 11 to 16.
Unikron, a streaming content provider, will host the ALAâ€™s Webcast. Online visitors will be able to view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements by going to http://www.unikron.com/clients/ala-webcast-2008 . This link is not yet live, but librarians and others interested in following the action online should bookmark and use this URL – instead of the ALA home page – on January 14. The number of available connections for the Webcast will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The press release announcing all of the winners will be available online at www.ala.org at 10:30 a.m. EST.
For ALA Midwinter Meeting participants, the press conference will be held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center Ballroom B and doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Awards to be announced January 14 are:
- Alex AwardsÂ for the best adult books that appeal to a teen audience
- Andrew Carnegie MedalÂ for excellence in children’s video
- Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of books for children and young adults that reflect the best in artistic and literary expression of the Black experience in a pluralistic society
- John Newbery MedalÂ for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature
- Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
- May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture AwardÂ recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
- Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States
- Odyssey AwardÂ for excellence in audiobook production for youth
- Pura BelprÃ© Award recognizing a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth
- Randolph Caldecott MedalÂ for the most distinguished American picture book for children
- Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children
- Schneider Family Book Award for booksÂ that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
- Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers
Additional information on the ALA Youth Media Awards can be found at www.ilovelibraries.org/youthmediaawards.Â
Adult book awards also announced during the conference include: Notable Books for Adults, the Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Awards and the Stonewall Awards. For more information on ALA literary awards, please visit: http://www.ala.org/bookmediaawards.