See our top picks for the ALA Youth Media Awards 2024.

Each year, experts at Follett compile a list of contenders for the winners of the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards (YMA) before the January announcement to help educators get the inside scoop and purchase the top picks beforehand on Titlewave®.

It’s a great way to engage students to choose their favorite award hopefuls for the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Printz, and Sibert lists.

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Just released! Watch our resident expert librarians share their picks for the ALA YMA contenders in this on-demand webinar.

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View this PDF presentation to see our complete ALA YMA contenders list – plus, get a sneak peek at our top picks for 2024.

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The Follett Library Curation team is made up of licensed educators and certified librarians who can align materials to standards, build resource lists, and offer book and resource suggestions based on your topic or to fit your curriculum initiatives.

Each year, our Library Curation team makes their list of ALA YMA contenders. The presenters of this list of contenders include the following librarians from our Library Curation Team. 


Wendy Miller, MS
Curriculum Bibliographer Elementary

Wendy Miller has been with Follett School Solutions for 20 years, specializing in Grades PreK-6 materials. She oversees TitleEZ™, supports elementary titles for Titlewave, and builds elementary and PreK opening day collection core lists. Wendy also creates lists for our newsletter, catalogs, and by customer request.




Roberta Starck, MEd, MLIS
Curriculum Bibliographer,  Middle School

Roberta Starck has been with Follett Content Solutions for 15 years, and her career spans 24 years as an elementary and middle school teacher and librarian. At Follett, she helps compile Titlewave lists that cover hot topics, as well as supports middle school curriculum core lists.





Janet Murray, MEd, MLIS
Curriculum Bibliographer, High School

Janet Murray joined Follett six years ago after spending 11 years as the Library Director at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago. At Follett, she supports high school lists on Titlewave as well as titles for subscription programs, marketing catalogs, and opening day core collections. 




Jennifer Velasquez
World Languages Senior Bibliographer

Jennifer Velasquez joined Follett Content Solutions five years ago after working as a Bilingual Youth Services Associate Librarian at the McHenry Public Library, where she presented Spanish children’s programs and built collections of Spanish titles. She previously worked for Book Wholesalers, Inc. as a World Language Specialist creating customer lists and handling Spanish standing orders. At Follett, she supports world language lists on Titlewave in addition to working on opening day collections.