Are you a member of YALSA and would like to serve on one of the popular Book Award committees or on a selection list blogging teams? 

The six award committees are:

The blogging selection list teams are: 


  • For Book Awards you have to apply each year because the form changes each year and the President-Elect cannot see the previous year’s applications.
  • Book and Selected list awards applications open up in the Fall
  • Strategic Committees open up in January
  • For Book Awards and Selected lists, YALSA has a conflict of interest policy that is helpful to review when considering applying.
  • For everyone appointed, you should hear from Letitia Smith first; she will send you a form you need to complete to accept the appointment. There will be some limbo time as Letitia works to compile the rosters.
  • Once the rosters are compiled and sent out, your Chair will reach out to share training information.

Click on the Committee Volunteer Form, be sure to indicate any previous experience you have had with book discussion groups, award or selection list skills, and/or review writing. Please check last year’s “How to fill out YALSA’S Volunteer Form” blog post for more helpful hints. 

As a reminder, all YALSA Book Award committee appointments serve a one-year term beginning February 1, 2024, and concluding January 31, 2025.

I thank everyone in advance for their desire and interest in volunteering to serve on these prestigious committees.

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