We're having an online pajama party on Monday, January 23, and you're invited! Please join us to watch the live webcast of the 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards at 7:30 am ET, 6:30 am CT, 5:30 am MT, 4:30 am PT. 

There are two ways to watch this year. The awards will be live streamed from the I Love Libraries Facebook page and available with real-time close captioning at http://ala.unikron.com/2017.

The YMA Pajama Party fun starts 1/2 hour before event.  Official certificates of bragging rights will be awarded for:

  • Best Pajamas
  • Best Snack or Beverage
  • Best Reaction Shot (as the 2017 winners are announced)
  • The Best Group/Classroom Shot

The Best Group/Classroom Shot will receive a selection of 2017 Youth Media Award-winning books (and possibly some other great books we have laying around the office). One randomly selected winner will receive a $50 gift card.

Daniel Kraus, Books for Youth Editor at Booklist and celebrated YA author, will pick the best photo in each category.

Post your photos to the YMA Pajama Party Facebook Event or on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #ymapjparty and #alayma before midnight ET on January 23, 2017.

Please note: Promotion is open only to residents of the United States. Prize cannot be shipped to areas outside the United States. Promotion is open only to residents of 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.

Check out some of the great photos from the 2016 YMA Pajama Party.

Winners from 2016:

Bragging Rights: Best Pajamas

Bragging Rights for Best Snack

Bragging Rights: Best Reaction Shot

Winner of the Random Drawing


American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced January 23!

Behind the Scenes at 2015 YMAs

Youth Media Awards 2016 HD

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