In the world of books, these are exciting times. Many awards are announced during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. This excitement reaches far and wide via social media as well as mass media – and as committees announce their recommendation lists and top picks. From time to time, new awards emerge too. Other groups involved with book reviews also share fun favorites and offer suggestions for special populations such as young people living in poverty, on the streets, and/or in custody.
In 2014, the American Indian Library Association announced the recipients of their Youth Literature Awards – presented ever other year. These texts are particularly important as they provide opportunities to consider current and historical issues that are often portrayed through dominant perspectives.
Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, publishers, reviewers, librarians, parents, teachers, and others who contribute to the joy of books!