January is an exciting time in the world of youth literature. In January both the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Association – divisions of the American Library Association (ALA) – announce the winners of such distinguished awards as the Caldecott, Newbery and Printz. The Youth Media Awards – which take place the Monday of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting – is an event that has been likened to the Academy Awards of Youth Literature. Attendees line up at the doors an hour before the event is to begin, hoping to get a good seat. The whoops and hollers from the crowd as a beloved book or author is announced as an honor or winner fill the air. Excitement charges the audience like electricity. It is an amazing event to attend in person.
Over the next few weeks I am going to post about past winners and honors. As it has been some time since I’ve done a Picture Book Preview, I am going to focus mostly on picture books. This means I’ll be focusing mostly on the Caldecott Award, as it is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. My friend Sarah D. will be writing some of the reviews as well. Hopefully this means she will soon share some reviews of novels as well (That’s a not-so-subtle hint, Sarah!!).