The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The lecturer may be an "author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country". At the same time, the lecturer "shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature", to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries
Sadie, 2019 Odyssey Award Audiobook, produced by Macmillan Audio from Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and more.
Part true crime podcast part revenge road trip, Sadie is the story of a young girl as she seeks vengeance for her sister’s murder. The full ensemble cast brings together more than thirty voices, with Rebecca Soler authentically capturing Sadie’s stutter and angry, tortured emotions while Dan Bittner gives voice to radio journalist West McCray as he tries to piece together what has happened to Sadie.
“Sadie is the epitome of what an audiobook can do, elevating it to a whole new level. The two formats woven together should not be missed,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Stephanie R. Charlefour.
Du Iz Tak, 2019 Odyssey Honor Audiobook, produced by Weston Woods Studios, a division of Scholastic, written by Carson Ellis, and narrated by Eli and Sebastian D’Amico, Burton, Galen and Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp and Brian Hull.
Adorable children’s voices and music brilliantly enhance this unique story of backyard insects who communicate in their own language. This production helps listeners decipher the plot while sound effects and evocative music spark the imagination. An original song written for this production is a wonderfully “scrivadelly” bonus.
The inaugural Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is being given in 2019 to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.
The 2019 in Early Learning Digital Media Award winner is Play and Learn Science, produced by PBS Kids.
The committee selected two honor recipients including Coral Reef, produced by Tinybop Inc., and Lexi’s World, produced by Pop Pop Pop LLC.