Thanks to everyone who participated in our YMA Pajama Party.  There were some GREAT reaction shots and photos of snacks and pajamas.

An archived version of the live webcast is available in case you want to watch it again.

Bragging Rights: Best Pajamas

Bragging Rights for Best Snack

Bragging Rights: Best Reaction Shot


Winner of the Random Drawing


About the YMA Pajama Party Promotion

Official certificates of bragging rights, suitably framed, will be awarded for photos of the best pajamas, best snack or beverage, and best reaction shots as winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards are announced.

Daniel Kraus, Books for Youth Editor at Booklist and celebrated YA author, will pick the best photo in each category (best pajamas, best snack or beverage, and best reaction shot). 

Post your photos to the YMA Pajama Party Facebook Event or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #ymapjparty and #alayma. Everyone who submits a photo will be entered in a random drawing to receive a selection of 2016 Youth Media Award-winning books (and possibly some other great books we have laying around the office). 

Please note: Promotion is open only to residents of the United States. Prize cannot be shipped to areas outside the United States. Decision of the judge, Daniel Kraus, is final. If you want to argue with the man who wrote “Scowler,” be our guest, but we advise against it.

Official rules (PDF)

American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced January 23!
Established in 1996, the Pura Belpré Award honors the works of Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, and is given during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting during the annual Youth Media Awards celebration. The upcoming year promises to be extra special, with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the award.  Held at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, the celebration will feature speeches by the 2016 Pura Belpré award-winning authors and illustrators, book signings, light snacks and entertainment. The event will also feature a silent auction of original artwork by Belpré award-winning illustrators, sales of the new commemorative book “The Pura Belpré Award: Twenty Years of Outstanding Latino Children’s Literature” and a presentation by keynote speaker Carmen Agra Deedy. READ MORE
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Behind the Scenes at 2015 YMAs

2015 American Library Association Youth Media Awards Press Conference