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Report from the Notable children's Book committte

Reporting Period*:

February 15

Name of Committee or Task Force*:

ALSC Notable Childdren's Book Committee

Priority Group Area *:

Evaluation of Media (PGC II)

Current Chair(s)*:

Edith Ching (outgoing)

Chair's Email*:


Co-Chair's email (if applicable):


Incoming Chair (if known):

Mickela Freeny

Committee/Task Force Members*:

Allison Barney, Keary Bramwell, Joyce Laiosa,
Chrstal Carr Jeter, Jenny Smith, Bettye Loggins Smith, Dr. Gwen Taylor, Larry Wawro, Bina Williams.

Has the committee recently reviewed its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *:


Work accomplished since last scheduled meeting.*:

We meet at Mid Winter discussed over 200 addtional nominations and created our list of 104 notable children's books with annotations (including the award winners).

Summarize discussion, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*:

The committee was reminded of the importance of entering information correctly on the nomination form, including accents in names or titles since often this is the only document the chair is working from in preparing the discussion list.
The committee agreed that a discussion list with title first instead of author first would be consistent with the final list and make entry of annotations and cross checking much easier.
the committee agreed that use of google docs to prepare the final list, while convenient, could create issues as one entry might replace another if both were entered simultaneoulsy.
The committee appreciated both meetings being held at the convention center and highly recommend that that continue.
The committee strongly urges ALSC to provided 4 microphones for the discussions to ease participant participation and ensure everyone is heard.
It would be helpful if the books being considered were available until the list is completed.

Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*:

Creating our list that is posted on the web site.

Please list other ALSC committees you think you could collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work::

Our discussion list, before posting, was shared with the chair of the Newbery committee per his request. He seemed very grateful in terms of trying to make sure they had not overlooked any materials. I would urge the chairs of the Caldecott, Siebert, Geisel, Pure Bed Pre, Coretta Scott King, Schneider Family and Batchelder to do the same. Of coure our committee does not expect these committees to share their discussion lists with us.

Do you have any suggestions for future education topics, publications, or resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.:

It has been suggested that one of our discussions be a web cast that would be available to those who cannot attend the conference. It would be used as a guide for book discussion.

If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?:


When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*:

I meet with the incoming chair for 2 hours and shared with her a proposed schedule and discussed strategies that we used. I have alos sent her a list of recommendations for next year. our emails were mostly procedural .