HOW THE AWARD COMMITTEE WORKS

2020-2021 Timeline:

  • Spring 2020
    • 2021 Committee members are confirmed
  • Summer 2020
    • GLLI director sets up spreadsheet for submissions and invites publishers to submit eligible titles
  • Summer 2020 -December 15, 2020
    • Book submission is open
    • Committee members start reading and sharing their notes in Slack (or similar virtual discussion space), noting their preliminary shortlist preferences in the spreadsheet
  • March 2021
    • Committee meets virtually to choose shortlist, and winner and honor books
    • Announce shortlist in mid-March
  • April 2, 2021
    • Announce winners and honor books in press release on International Children’s Book Day, which is also the final day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • June or July 2021
    • Winners presented with awards at ALA annual conference

Makeup

The committee will have a chair and approximately six members to include translators, librarians, students/teachers/professors, and other individuals with expertise in young adult literature and translations. The term of service will be one year, with the option to stay on for a second year if desired. This is to guarantee continuity. The chair will be chosen from the previous year’s committee.

Chair

The chair will double-check eligibility of submissions, make sure there is a private online forum to share reading notes, and facilitate discussion when the group meets virtually to choose the shortlist and winner and honor books.

GLLI Director

The GLLI Director will receive submissions and assist the committee in distributing copies where needed. The director will also maintain contacts with the publishers and will help with the distribution of information via GLLI’s website and social media platforms