I can’t help it. I am like a kid the night before Christmas. Tomorrow morning is when the awards will be announced here in Philadelphia. Tonight, some of the committees made phone calls to winners. Among those committees was my own, the Odyssey. It is an experience like no other: to call someone and let them know they will receive an award from ALA/YALSA is thrilling for all involved. From outside the Press Room, you can hear the cheers of the committee as a connection is made.

Perhaps that is an apt allusion for YALSA. So many connections made here, so many reasons to cheer.

Be sure to link in to the live web cast tomorrow. Root for your favorites, of course, but join in a cheer for all the winners, too!

Posted by Teri Lesesne

About Teri Lesesne

I am a professor of YA lit in the department of library science at SHSU in Texas. I am an active YALSA member, an author of two professional books, a blogger, and a grandmother of 6. I am on the Printz 2010 Committee and the YALS Editorial Board currently. I have also served on the QP, Edwards, and Odyssey Committees.

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