The 2010 Odyssey Award Committee is asking you to submit your favorite audiobooks published between November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009 for consideration. The Odyssey Award, in its third year, is given to the producer of the best audiobook for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States. Along with the award-winner, honor titles may also be named.

The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine. The 2010 Odyssey Award will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards Press Conference on Monday, January 18, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

This award recognizes excellence by a producer or director for accomplishment and/or innovation in the production of an audio program. The winning title must exemplify the highest standards of direction, narration, engineering, and technical achievement. All literary genres, including read-alongs, are eligible for consideration. The audiobook must be intended for either young adults or children, who are defined as persons up to and including age 18; works for this entire age range are to be considered. Adult titles are ineligible.

For more criteria and additional information about the Odyssey Award, visit the Odyssey page on the YALSA website.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be giving you more information about how this joint committee operates, but for now, please send your suggestions to Sharon Grover at


Sharon Grover
Chair, 2010 Odyssey Award Committee

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