ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.
Children’s Literature reviewers read and critically review thousands of books annually. Our mission is to help teachers, librarians, parents, and childcare providers make appropriate literary choices for children.
Founded in 1993 by librarian Marilyn Courtot, the review staff has grown to more than 125. Our reviewers include book authors, librarians, writers and editors, teachers, children’s literature specialists, and physicians. We pride ourselves on being an independent review source that is not affiliated with any publisher and accept no advertising.
The Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) is a non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children.
The International Research Society for Children's Literature is an international scholarly organization established to support and promote research in the field of children's literature. It includes members from over forty countries worldwide.
The Children's Literature Center assists users in gaining access to all children's materials dispersed throughout the Library. The Library holds approximately 500,000 children's books and related items, such as boxed and board games, sound recordings, maps, and illustrations.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.
The Carolyn W. Field Award was established by the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association to recognize the best books for young people by a Pennsylvania author or illustrator each year.