Ladue Middle School library media specialist Melody Frese has been elected to the Robert F. Sibert Award Committee by the American Library Association (ALA).
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is given annually to the most distinguished informational book for children ages 0 to 14.
Frese is one of nine librarians from around the country who will serve on the committee and choose the Sibert recipient for books published in 2023.
“This is an incredible honor,” Frese said. “I believe working at this level with librarians from all over the country will really help me hone my selection and reviewing skills and increase my professional understanding of the field of children’s literature, which will ultimately make me a better library media specialist.”
The award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the children’s division of the ALA, which also selects recipients of the Caldecott and Newbery awards.
Frese currently is in her 14th year at Ladue Middle School; she began as a gifted teacher in 2008 and moved to the Library Media Specialist position in 2015.
She currently serves as chair of the ALSC Research Agenda Task Force, and previously served three years (including one year as chair) on the ALA’s Notable Children’s Books Committee.