The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a division of the American Library Association. Its members are concerned with the profession of children's Librarianship. The ALSC chooses the recipients of some of the world's most prestigious annual children's literature awards.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) (a division of the ALA) announces the awards listed below every January at a Monday morning press conference that takes place during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. In the past 72 years (1938–2009), 72 titles have been honored with the award. In addition, as runners-up, 228 titles have received the Caldecott Honor Honor.