So the prompt is Newberry Medal Award. Honestly I have NO idea what this is so will be doing some research.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. (source)
The giving of the Newberry Award started in 1921, the goal, to pick the most distinguished children’s book by an American author. In 1922 The American Library Association Executive Board delegated responsibility to the Children’s Librarians’ Section but is currently administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA. Every year they pick the best book of the year along with several “runner ups” known as Honor Books. To learn more please visit the Newberry Medal Site.
What Books Do I recognize?
2003 Medal Winner: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
2001 Honor Book: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
1986 Medal Winner: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1984 Medal Winner: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1982 Honor Books: Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1978 Medal Winner: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1978 Honor Books: Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1973 Medal Winner: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
Continuing on from the 60’s with the Newberry Medal Award
1963 Medal Winner: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Farrar)
1962 Medal Winner: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961 Medal Winner: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Houghton)
1960 Honor Books: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (Dutton)
1959 Honor Books: The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (Harper)
1957 Honor Books: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Harper)
1953 Honor Books: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (Harper)
1946 Honor Books: Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1941 Medal Winner: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1941 Honor Books: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
1939 Honor Books: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater (Little, Brown)
1938 Honor Books: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
1936 Medal Winner: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
I’ll let you go through the rest of the list on your own. 🙂 It’s kind fun to see what books I know that might have been deemed a winner!
Of course as I was considering this list of Newberry Medal Winners, it got me wondering. What about Canada? Do we have any book awards?
What Canadian book awards are out there?
I learned about the Governor General’s Literary Award. I was pleased to learn that I own last year’s winner and I’ve been planning on having my lad read it this year. Five Little Indians. It tells the story of the Indian Residential Schools through the eyes of five children. I’ve just recently started reading it. My affiliate link follows.
I also learned about the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award which is exclusively for books written for children up to age 12 by Canadians and published in Canada. I looked through the previous years winners and didn’t recognize any of the names. OH! I shouldn’t say that… I do recognize Alligator Pie! 🙂 It’s the winner from 1975! Let me think… I would have been 10 years old and helping in the nursery at church, or with the kindergarten kids at school.
Canada Books lists all the awards available to Canadian authors.
So do I plan to read any of these books this month? I plan to finish five little indians, and I’ll have to see just how much time I have for any more reading.
What about you? What newberry medal award winners stick in your mind? Have you read any of the Canadian award winners? If so, which ones?
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