The American Library Association Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book, Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Awards, are selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts and represent very the best literature and media for youth. In the world of children's publishing, the Youth Media Awards press conference is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 2018 announcements will take place on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8 a.m. MT at the Colorado Convention Center as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

We're having an online pajama party for everyone who can't be in Colorado for this year's announcements, and you're invited!  Follow 2018 results in real time with us via live webcast or live stream from the I Love Libraries Facebook page and the hashtags #alayma and #ymapjparty. For the latest updates, follow @ILoveLibraries on Twitter and sign up for our Facebook Event.

To get the party started, we sent a YMA Pajama Party gift basket to three lucky viewers for helping us promote the event. The winners were Nicole from Knoxville, Tennessee; Lis Ann from Shelbyville, Tennessee; and Danielle from Sunapee, New Hampshire, but you can still help us spread the word by tweeting about the pajama party.

Winners of the YMA Pajama Party Photo Promotion will be announced soon!

YMA Pajama Party Photo Promotion

On February 12, be sure to share your experience watching the Youth Media Awards on social media with the hashtag #YMApjparty.  As in previous years, we'll be awarding prizes!

Official certificates of bragging rights, signed by our judge Daniel Kraus, will be awarded for:

  • Best Pajamas
  • Best Snack or Beverage
  • Best Reaction Shot (as the 2018 winners are announced)
  • Best Group/Classroom Shot

The Best Group/Classroom Shot will receive a selection of 2018 Youth Media Award-winning books.

One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 prepaid Visa gift card.

Rules: To be entered in the 2018 YMA Pajama Party Photo Promotion, post your photos to Twitter, Instagram or the YMA Pajama Party Facebook Event with the hashtag #YMApjparty from 7:30 a.m. to midnight MST on February 12, 2018. Promotion is open only to residents of the United States. Prizes cannot be shipped to areas outside the United States. Decision of the judge is final. If you want to argue with the man who wrote “Scowler,” be our guest, but we advise against it.

DANIEL KRAUS has landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of 2015 (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch), won two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler), and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner, Bram Stoker finalist, and more. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Also with del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea Kraus and del Toro created for the award-winning film version. Kraus’s work has been translated into over 15 languages. His feature films as director include Musician (2007 New York Times Critics’ Pick) and Sheriff (2006 season premiere of PBS’s Independent Lens). He lives in Chicago. Visit him at

Check out the 2017 winners!

Bragging Rights: Best Pajamas

Bragging Rights for Best Snack

Bragging Rights: Best Reaction Shot

The Imagine Clay Avenue School students are talented & lucky.
They won "Best Reaction Shot" & the random drawing for $50 gift card!

Bragging Rights: Best Group/Classroom Shot

Here are some of the other great photos from the 2017 YMA Pajama Party.

Watch the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards with us!

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2018 winners announced Feb. 12!

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2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards

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