After celebrating the holidays with friends and family, it may not look like there’s much to look forward to but for Children’s Lit fans, the end of January always brings us something special… the Youth Media Awards! I am especially excited because before I attend this year’s Youth Media Awards (in person) at American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter conference on Monday, January 28 (where the 2019 Newbery and Caldecott medal winners will be announced, among many other equally significant awards), I will attend the 2019 Mock Awards sponsored by the Westchester Library System, Westchester Library Association, and Southern Westchester B.O.C.E.S. School Library System.
Both the Newbery & Caldecott medals are chosen by a 15 member committee of judges appointed by the Association of Library Service to Children’s (a division of ALA ). The Newbery is awarded “to the author of the the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” (up to age 14). The award is restricted to authors who are citizens or residents of the United States. The committee considers works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published by an American publisher in English in the US the previous year based on:
The Caldecott medal, on the other hand, is awarded “to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.” The artist must be a citizen or resident of the United States. That committee considers the following criteria:
Who will win this year’s medals? We will soon find out out but until then, have fun reading the 2019 Mock Award considerations or look for past Newbery and Caldecott award winners at your favorite library:
Mock Caldecott Medal considerations: