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I would hate to see BBYA eliminated.  I know librarians and English teachers use it 
to catch up on what they missed the previous year, for purchasing and recommending 
to teens.  It's a wonderful resource for reviewing the best in previous years.

A reader's choice award strikes me as a separate issue, in no way a replacement for 
BBYA.  I served on ALSC's Notable Children's Books for three years and I know how 
much work that kind of committee is, but it was also a great professional 
experience.

Should we be sending our views to the YALSA board?

Kathy

Kathleen Odean
Author, Great Books for Girls
Great Books for Boys
Great Books about Things Kids Love
Great Books for Babies and Toddlers

www.kathleenodean.com






> Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:21:22 -0400
> From: lisav@BANKSTREET.EDU
> Subject: Re: Best Books for Young Adults award being eliminated?
> To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
> 
> BBYA list is unique. I do want a group of serious readers with a commitment to 
>read widely and critically. I do have a concern about the ability of non committee 
>members reading widely. I also appreciate the public discussion. Why would YALSA 
>(I am a member) choose to eliminate this valuable selection tool. It is imperfect 
>but again what isn't. Lisa
> 
> Lisa Von Drasek 
> Children's Librarian
> Bank Street College of Education
> School for Children Pre-K- 8 
> 610 West 112th St
> NY  NY   10025
> 
> lisav@bnkst.edu
> 
> 212 875 4452
>  
> >>> Diane Roberts <diane77401@GMAIL.COM> 07/09/09 12:23 PM >>>
> I am a current member of the Best books for Young Adults committee,
> packing as I speak for ALA in Chicago. I just received an email that
> YALSA has on its agenda the elimination of the BBYA committee,
> possibl;y to replaced by a readers' choice sort of award. I sort of
> think that the NYTimes bestseller list fills that need, as well as the
> recommendations by readers votes on Amazon.
> 
> The committee has a huge workload, that took me completely by surprise
> when I joined the committee three years ago. The first year I received
> about 1000 books from generous publishers, and read about 250 or 300
> of them. I have never had the opportunity to actually read and examine
> so many current YA books in my life. I am sure there were more
> qualified librarians than me out there that could have sat on the
> committee, but I believe that a committee that actually reads and
> discusses 100's of books fills a need.
> 
> It's true that the big publishing powerhouses send BBYA members the
> most books for examination, but it is also true that many small
> publishing houses and first-time authors would be overlooked except
> for committee members nominating and selecting their books.
> 
> So what do you think about the possibility of this committee being
> eliminated? Be frank now - as I know you will!
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Diane
> 
> -- 
> Diane Roberts
> Best Books for Young Adults Committee 2010
> Saint Thomas High School
> 4500 Memorial Drive
> Houston, TX 77007
> www.sths.org         diane.roberts@sths.org
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