Newbery and Caldecott awardsHere’s something that’s good to see. ALA is going to send up a streaming Webcast of its children’s and teen book awards from its Midwinter conference in Philadelphia on the morning of Monday, January 14, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Here’s the official release.

And here’s the URL for the Webcast (but don’t bother clicking on it until that morning): http://www.unikron.com/clients/ala-webcast-2008.

This will be cool; I’ve been to several of these announcements at Midwinters past, and if you’re a children’s librarian, or kid-lit fan, your heart dances a little while waiting for the announcements.

And it won’t be just the Newbery, Caldecott, King, and Printz awards. There’s quite a long list of these awards now, provided in the ALA release linked above. Some folks I’ve read pieces by and spoken to say the list is a little too long and too politically correct these days; others, such as myself, are simply glad that children’s literature is getting some recognition out there in the big world.

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