Hey, why don’t you… check out media awards for youth beyond the YMAs?

Hey why don't youOn the Monday morning of every ALA Midwinter Meeting, crowds gather in an auditorium-style room for the announcement of the Youth Media Awards. The announcements, which are also streamed live, encompass many of the awards given by committees charged through ALSC, YALSA, ALA, and other ALA affiliates serving youth. But did you know that there are a range of additional awards that you can check out and use for collection development and readers’ advisory?

 

This month, take some time to explore the multitude of excellent and diverse media for youth recognized by awards you may not have heard about before. Many of these awards recognize titles that have storytime potential and/or would be great to share with the families you serve. Jamie Campbell Naidoo compiled a list of awards for culturally diverse children’s literature, shared below, as a resource in his white paper, “The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children.” The awards with an asterisk at the beginning will be a part of the YMA announcement:

 

So hey, why don’t you check out these awards and the titles they recognize? It’s a great way to expand your knowledge of the range of excellent titles out there while also ensuring that you’re representing the diversity of literature, nonfiction, and other media available for youth.

 

Do you have a favorite non-YMA award? Favorite diverse titles you’ve loved this year?

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