“Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.”
“This likably low-tech book also features a scene in which a pug has puppies inside a clothes dryer. Is that a young-adult or a grown-up moment? Ms. Rowell is talented enough to be uncategorizable. So “Landline” belongs to a genre of its very own.”
“Idea Playground: Youth Services UnCon”
“When a committee member goes on record about an eligible title, it does carry weight,” LaTronica said. “Whether it’s a commendation or condemnation, it does set public opinion about that book.”
New ALSC Rule Will Limit Awards Committee Members’ Reviewing, Blogging | School Library Journal
I am honestly curious—how is this a bad thing? Shouldn’t librarians and reviewers be the people expressing opinions and being influential about books? Wouldn’t some informed speculation about potential winners add some interest and excitement to the awards? Why not make movements towards transparency rather than secrecy? I mean, if you really want it to be a secret and confidential process, maybe all the submissions should be blind! Wouldn’t /that/ be a fun thing to try and make happen, right?
Andrew Medlar does say that they considered whether or not confidentiality was even important anymore: "Task #1 was to determine if maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of the awards and the award process, as mentioned above, even still mattered in this day and age. After all, some media awards encourage open, public discussion (such as ALSC’s Notable Lists) and some present short lists of nominees (like the Academy Awards). Following conscientious discussion, consideration, and consultation with many stakeholders over many months, it became clear that confidentiality remains key to the success of these particular awards which are so important to ALSC members, the publishing industry, and kids around the world.” (http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2014/06/alsc-response-to-horn-book-julyaugust-2014-issue-editorial-alaac14/) emphasis added
I would like to hear more about this!