Literacy-Related Event

Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.

January 30
Calendar Activity Type
Literacy-Related Event

Event Description

Each year, the American Library Association recognizes a multitude of books and authors for their quality and impact. Ranging from awards for young children's books such as the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, to the Belpré award for books celebrating Latino culture, to the Sibert Medal for distinguished informational books, the ALA recognizes a wide range of outstanding material for children, young adults, and adults.

Classroom Activity

The American Library Association Book, Print, and Media Awards for Children and Young Adults include:

Visit the ALA pages for each award. Select from the list above the award most relevant to your students' ages and interests. Have your students select a winning author or illustrator from the award set you have selected, and instruct them to complete one of these activities:

  • Write or illustrate a story in your chosen author/illustrator's style.
  • Conduct Internet research on your author/illustrator and then stage a mock interview based on your research.
  • Present a book review of one of your chosen author/illustrator's "must-read" titles.


This Scholastic webpage includes links to past winners of ALA awards. Many titles offer links to additional resources, including author biographies, discussion guides, and more.

This booklist includes 100 top recommendations from the National Public Radio for children and young adults.

New Hampshire Public Television provides videos and teacher guides for 27 books, which have won either the Caldecott or the Newbery Medal.

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