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Youth Media Awards!

by Nicole Guenkel on 2019-01-04T12:05:07-05:00 | Comments

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:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept 
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style

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:

  • Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed
  • Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept
  • Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood of information through the pictures
  • Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.

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:


Cover Art The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee (Illustrator)
A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this clever, amusingly meta picture book by the acclaimed creator of It's Only Stanley There's a wall in the middle of the book, and our hero--a young knight--is sure that the wall protects his side of the book from the dangers of the other side--like an angry tiger and giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn't seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water that are emerging on his side. When he's almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual who isn't as dangerous as the knight thought--from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer after all!
Cover Art Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

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