See our top picks for the 2023 ALA YMAs.

Each year, experts at Follett compile a list of contenders for the winners of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards (YMA) before the January announcement to help educators get the inside scoop and purchase the top picks beforehand on Titlewave®.

It’s a great way to engage students to choose their favorite award hopefuls for the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Printz, and Sibert lists.

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The Follett Library Curation team is made up of licensed educators and certified librarians who can align materials to standards, build resource lists, and offer book and resource suggestions based on your topic or fit your curriculum initiatives.

Each year, our Library Curation team makes their list of ALA YMA contenders. The presenters of this list of contenders include the following librarians from our Library Curation Team. Tune in on January 30, 2023, to see if their predictions were correct!

Wendy Miller, MS
Curriculum Bibliographer Elementary

Wendy Miller has been with Follett School Solutions for 20 years, specializing in Grades PreK-6 materials. She oversees TitleEZ™, supports elementary titles for Titlewave, and elementary and PreK opening day collection core lists. Wendy also creates lists for our newsletter, catalogs, and by customer request.

Roberta Starck, MEd, MLIS
Curriculum Bibliographer, Middle School

Roberta Starck has been with Follett Content Solutions for 15 years, and her career spans 24 years as an elementary and middle school teacher and librarian. At Follett, she helps compile Titlewave lists that cover hot topics, as well as supports middle school curriculum core lists.

Janet Murray, MEd, MLIS
Curriculum Bibliographer, High School

Janet Murray joined Follett six years ago after spending 11 years as the Library Director at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago. At Follett, she supports high school lists on Titlewave as well as titles for subscription programs, marketing catalogs, and opening day core collections. 


What are the ALA YMAs?

The ALA Youth Media Awards are a compilation of the most prestigious literary awards for children and teens. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. The ALA YMAs are recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent in guiding parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

Which awards are included in the AMA YMAs?
Here is a list of all the awards included in the ALA YMAs, with background information on how each award came to be, the submission process, and guidelines from the ALA.

When are the ALA YMA 2023 announcements?
The announcements were announced on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 8am CT during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Shop the  ALA award winners.