Newbery Award Winning Books
The Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal, and Newbery Honor Books
The Newbery Medal is the greatest honor for an author of middle grade or young adult literature living in the USA. It means that the chosen book has been read and enjoyed by experts in the field of children's literature (librarians) and that the book has lasting value.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the organization that chooses Newbery Medal winners.
The Newbery Medal is one of many awards given by the ALA each year. A few of the other awards given to children's literature include the Caldecott Medal (for illustrations), the Geisel Medal (for early reader books), and the Odyssey Medal (for audiobooks for children). There's a graph near the end of this page listing all the ALA awards for children's and teen literature.
Each year one book is awarded a Newbery Medal, and there may be several books chosen as Newbery Honor Books, which is to say that they are runners up that are also worth reading. Some years there have been no Newbery Honor Books chosen, and there's no limit on the number that could be chosen as Honor Books. That decision is entirely left up to the committee appointed to choose the books each year.
This Year's Newbery Medal Winner
Newbery and Caldecott Awards - The Official Guidebook to the Newbery Medal Award Winning Books
The Two Sides of the Newbery Medal
Newbery Medal Criteria
The Newbery Medal is given to one distinguished book annually. The book can be fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, but it must be original. Reprints and compilations don't qualify.
Each year ALA member librarians review all eligible books printed the previous year, and select winners based on the following criteria:
- Interpretation of the theme or concept
- Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
- Development of a plot
- Delineation of characters
- Delineation of setting
- Appropriateness of style
The 2014 Newbery Medal Winner - "Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" by Kate DiCamillo
Official Book Trailer for "Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures"
"Paperboy" by Vince Vawter - 2014 Newbery Honor Book
The Official Book Trailer for "Paperboy" by Vince Vawter
Author Vince Vawter Talks About Having "Paperboy" Named a Newbery Honor Book
"The Year of Billy Miller" by Kevin Henkes - 2014 Newbery Honor Book
Author Kevin Henkes Speaks About "The Year of Billy Miller"
"One Came Home" by Amy Timberlake - 2014 Newbery Honor Book
Author Amy Timberlake, Discusses Her Writing Influence for "One Came Home"
"Doll Bones" by Holly Black - 2014 Newbery Honor Book
Official Book Trailer for "Doll Bones" by Holly Black
Who Was John Newbery?
...the man behind the medal.
John Newbery was an English bookseller. He lived from 1713 to 1767.
At the age of 16 Newbery became a printer's apprentice. His master passed away and left half the business to him when he was 24.
About one-fifth of the books he printed were for children. His first big success was A Pretty Little Pocket Book, published in 1744.
Newbery's motto was Deluctando Monemus, meaning "instruction through delight".
History of the Newbery Medal
Frederic G. Melcher proposed his idea for the Newbery Medal to the Children's Librarians' Section of the American Library Association on June 21, 1921. The idea was accepted with enthusiasm and approved in 1922.
The original formal agreement stated that the Newbery Medal was intended "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."
The medal is named for John Newbery, a bookseller who lived in the 1800's.
The 2013 Newbery Medal Winner - "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan - Official Book Trailer
Splendors and Glooms - 2013 Newbery Honor Book
Author Laura Amy Schlitz in 2012 - She Won the Newbery Medal (2008) and Also Wrote the 2013 Honor Book, Splendors and Glooms
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - 2013 Newbery Honor Book
Sheila Turnage, Author of Three Times Lucky, at the Gaithersville Book Festival
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon - 2013 Newbery Honor Book
Steve Sheinkin, Author of Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Newbery Medal Links - ...find out more.
- American Library Association
The ALA sponsors the Newbery Medal awards.
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