YMA Diary: Behind the scenes at the ALA Youth Media Awards


Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting  & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

An enthusiastic and vociferous crowd greeted the announcements on the morning of Jan. 27 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

What they didn’t see was the months of preparation by the various committees, which culminated in the ceremony that morning.

Here we take you behind the scenes, just a few hours before the Youth Media Awards presentation, as the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King committees divulge the good news to the winners and those who received honors.

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