The Newbery Medal
This has been awarded annually by the American Library Association since 1922 "to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." There is a medal winner and usually from one to five honor books. Sometimes referred to as the "Newbery award," the Newbery Medal is the oldest and most prestigious children's book award given in the United States.
The links in the book titles take you to Amazon; if you prefer you can search for information on IndieBound, the website of the independent booksellers. Scroll down past the book lists for links for more information and some interesting opinion pieces.
Newbery Medal winners:
- 2016: Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson.
- "A Huge, Huge, Shock" -- Matt de la Peña on his reaction.
- Winning the Newbery When Diversity Matters -- A thoughtful reading/appreciation of the book. Not just about diversity.
- "Sometimes the Tough Teen Is Quietly Writing Stories" -- Matt de la Peña's personal story, a school visit, and his family.
- This was the first picture book winner of the Newbery Medal in about 30 years.
- A Caldecott Honor book, and a Coretta Scott King Honor book.
- 2015: The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander.
- Kwame Alexander: "Overwhelmed with Joy" (on hearing The News)
- 2014: Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure, by Kate DiCamillo.
- 2013: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
- 2012: Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos. (Also a Scott O'Dell Award winner).
- 2011: Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool.
- 2010: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead.
- 2009: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman.
- 2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz.
- 2007: The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron.
- 2006: Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins.
- 2005: Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata.
- 2004: The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo.
- 2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi.
- 2002: A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park.
Newbery Honor books:
- Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm.
- Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus.
- Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman.
- One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia (also the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner).
- The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt.
- The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom, by Margarita Engle (also a Belpré Author Award winner).
- Savvy, by Ingrid Law.
- After Tupac & D Foster, by Jacqueline Woodson.
- Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis.
- The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt.
- Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson.
- Penny from Heaven, by Jennifer L. Holm.
- Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson.
- Rules, by Cynthia Lord.
- Whittington, written by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S. D. Schindler.
- Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
- Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson with illustrations by Hudson Talbott.
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.
- The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson... by Russell Freedman.
- Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt.
- Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
- An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
- The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer: also the National Book Award winner.
- Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
- A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
- Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
- Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
- Carver: A Life in Poems, by Marilyn Nelson
- To buy: Newbery winners and Honor Books: this link leads to a list of those available for purchase at Amazon.com.
- More information about the Newbery Medal: this link leads to the official site for the Newbery, which includes a complete list of past winners.
- The Newbery Awards, by Elizabeth Cosgriff: A good background article.
- The Top Ten Things You May Not Know About the Newbery Award, by Monica Edinger--more background on how it works. new
- Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz by Gender, by Elizabeth Bluemle: An interesting analysis.
- Has the Newbery Lost Its Way? by Anita Silvey: A controversial article by a respected critic.
- Washington Post coverage of the debate kicked off by Silvey.
- Secrecy and the Newbery Medal by K.T. Horning.
- The Search for Distinguished by K.T. Horning. Early history of the Newbery, and also a response to Anita Silvey's piece above.
- What Makes a Good Newbery Novel? Noted children's book editor Patti Gauch looks into this question.
Children's Book Awards Index page
Caldecott Medal | Coretta Scott King Award | Lifetime Achievement Awards | Young Adult Awards
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