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.

The 2019 Youth Media Award announcements took place on Monday, January 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. (PT) at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle.

Read the press release: American Library Association announces 2019 youth media award winners

Watch an archived version of the live webcast.

We're had an online pajama party for everyone who couldn't be in Seattle for the 2019 announcements, with prizes for Best Pajamas, Best Snack or Beverage, Best Reaction Shot as the winners are announced, and Best Group/Classroom Shot. One randomly selected entry will receive a $100 Visa gift card.

We'll be announcing the winners soon!

YMA Pajama Party Photo Promotion

On January 28, 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 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 2019 YMA Pajama Party Photo Promotion, post your photos or videos to Twitter, Instagram or the YMA Pajama Party Facebook Event with the hashtag #YMApjparty from 7:00 a.m. CST on  January 28 through 11:59 p.m. CST on January 29. 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.

Official rules (PDF)

Thanks to Baker & Taylor for sponsoring the 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards live webcast!

Baker and Taylor


Check out the 2018 YMA Pajama Party winners:

Bragging Rights: Best Pajamas

Social media post: We love sooooo many books! #YMApjparty link our fan T-shirts???! #mocknewbery

Bragging Rights: Best Snack

Picture of cake decorated to look like book cover

Bragging Rights: Best Reaction

Social media post: Video of kids cheering for winning book. -Our kids reacting to Wolf in the Snow winning the Caldecott!

Winner of the Random Drawing:

$100 prepaid Visa gift card.

Social media post:   SO EXCITED for Lucky Broken Girl!!

2019 ALA Youth Media Award winners announced January 28!

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