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ALA Responds to YMA Ceremony Criticism

When the American Library Association (ALA) announced that it was going to include some affiliate awards in the annual Youth Media Awards ceremony to better recognize diverse children’s literature, it was cause for celebration. The affiliates chosen — the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association , American Indian Library Association (AILA) , and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) — were excited to share the spotlight with the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King awards. But when the moment came on Monday, it was not all they had hoped. While the YMAs ceremony opened with the announcements of the APALA and Sydney Taylor Book Award (chosen by AJL) winners, no honor books were mentioned. (AILA did not have 2019 awards to announce.)

New Governors Aim to Funnel Money Into Early Education

After campaigning on the expansion of preschool and other early-childhood programs, many of the nation’s newly elected governors are following through with budget proposals that include money to support children from cradle to school entry.

Salvadore is 2019 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Maria B. Salvadore is the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. Salvadore is the former coordinator of children's services at the DC Public Library System, and a long-time literacy consultant and advisory board member for various educational non-profits. (She also serves as an advisor for Colorín Colorado's sister project Reading Rockets and has worked on a number of special projects for Colorín Colorado.)

Meg Medina on the Meaning of 'Merci' and the Newbery Medal

Like so many others who have come before her, author Meg Medina doesn’t remember what she said to the members of the Newbery committee when they called early on January 28 to say her book was selected as the Newbery Medal winner. She only knows that she made them wait on the other end of the phone as she pull herself through the 'tsunami of feelings' washing over her at home in Richmond, VA. "My knees sort of gave out, and I had to sit down on the floor and have myself a big ugly cry while all these lovely people waited patiently for me to compose myself," Medina said Monday after winning the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. "It's a hard year to be Latino in this country, so to have a book affirmed about an immigrant experience and an immigrant family felt really poignant to me."

Meg Medina Wins Newbery Medal and Sophie Blackall Is Awarded Her Second Caldecott

Meg Medina won this year's John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for her novel "Merci Suarez Changes Gears," the story of an 11-year-old girl who navigates her home life with a Cuban-American extended family and her experiences as a scholarship student at a private school. Medina is the second Latinx writer to win the award — Matt de la Pena won in 2016 for the picture book "Last Stop on Market Street," illustrated by Christian Robinson — and the first to win for a novel.

Meg Medina Weaves Family Memories Into 'Merci Suárez Changes Gears'

"It was a big whoops moment," said Meg Medina about the real-life incident that also appears in her novel, "Merci Suárez Changes Gears," which was awarded the 2019 Newbery Award. Medina was a middle school teacher when it happened. Like her 11-year-old main character, Merci, she made a huge mistake on a project about ancient Egypt.

Elizabeth Acevedo and 'The Poet X' Add Printz, Pure Belpré to Awards Collection

Elizabeth Acevedo, whose debut novel won over the publishing world, critics, and award committees in 2018, continued her streak into the new year as The Poet X nabbed the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award and the Pure Belpré Author Award at the Youth Media Awards ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Monday. The Pure Belpré Author Award shocked Acevedo — who says the recognition of a Latinx writer whose work best "best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience" wasn't on her radar as an award she might win. "To get that honor is so special," she says. "There were so many good books this year written by the Latinx community. I was really honored. That one caught me by surprise."

The education crisis for children of deported parents

What should families who have relocated to their home country following a deportation do about their children’s education? Children of deportees sometimes speak little Spanish, and they are strangers to the Mexican public school system and the intricacies of Mexican society. Now, as the Trump administration ramps up its deportation efforts, a makeshift and unconventional education model has emerged in response to the growing number of American children caught in this academic limbo.

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