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‘Tis the Season for a Newbery

The Newbery Medal is one of the most prestigious awards a book can hope to get. The Newbery Medal has been awarded every year since 1922, and each year the new winner becomes an overnight sensation.

A few years ago I decided to read all of the past Newbery Medal winners, in reverse chronological order. Currently I am on Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1973 winner), one of my favorites when I was a teen.

Some of my favorite winners so far:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2010)

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source.




The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (2004)

 The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.




Holes by Louis Sachar (1999)

 As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.



Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (1988)

 A biography of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, with lots of photos. It’s better than it sounds. A lot better.


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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1979)

 The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.



Since Newbery nominees aren’t announced ahead of time like a lot of other awards, many libraries participate in “Mock Newbery” book clubs to try to deduce what book will win. Here is the final reading list for the Mock Newbery Club at the Allen County Public Library. I have somehow managed not to read ANY of these popular picks for the 2011 Newbery Medal (shame on me) although I have it on good authority that Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper and Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine are very good reads.

The 2011 Newbery Medal winner will be announced during the Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 10. You can get the full list of winners on the live webcast or on the Youth Media Award’s Facebook or Twitter accounts.




Happy reading!

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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  1. […] Midwinter without being able to discuss the biggest award given out that weekend. (In my opinion.  Yours might be […]

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