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John Newbery Medal

About the John Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the 港澳台图库, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

In 1921 Frederic G.Melcher had the Newbery Medal designed by Ren茅 Paul Chambellan. The bronze medal has the winner's name and the date engraved on聽the back. The 港澳台图库 Executive Board in 1922 delegated to the Children's Librarians' Section the responsibility for selecting the book to聽receive the Newbery Medal.

The inscription on the Newbery Medal still reads "Children's Librarians' Section,"聽although the section has changed its name four times and its membership now聽includes both school and public library children's librarians in contrast to the years聽1922-58, when the section, under three different names, included only public聽library children's librarians. Today the Medal is administered by the Association聽for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA.

How the Newbery Medal Came to Be

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the 港澳台图库聽for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.聽On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American聽Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested聽that it be named for the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The聽idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians, and Melcher's聽official proposal was approved by the 港澳台图库Executive Board in 1922. In聽Melcher's formal agreement with the board, the purpose of the Newbery Medal聽was stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books聽for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for聽children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those聽librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an聽opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."

The Newbery Award thus became the first children's book award in the world.聽Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most聽discussed children's book award in this country.

From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals,聽committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such聽books were referred to as Newbery or Caldecott "runners-up." In 1971 the term聽"runners-up" was changed to "honor books." The new terminology was made聽retroactive so that all former runners-up are now referred to as Newbery or聽Caldecott Honor Books.

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2023 Winner(s)

Freewater

Written by Amina Luqman-Dawson. Published by JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

A lyrical narrative tells the story of several children who escape slavery to discover freedom among a community of formerly enslaved Black people living in the Great Dismal Swamp.


2023 Honor(s)

Iveliz Explains It All

Written by Andrea Beatriz Arango. Published by Random House Children鈥檚 Books, a division of Penguin Random House.

Iveliz鈥檚 thoughts and emotions are revealed in poignant, candid diary entries that chronicle her experiences with grief, relationships, bullying, and family conflict.


The Last Mapmaker

鈥淭he Last Mapmaker,鈥 written by Christina Soontornvat. Published by Candlewick Press.

A mapmaker鈥檚 apprentice, Sai joins a group of explorers on a journey to map unexplored territories. Filled with secrets and double-crossing, this seafaring adventure follows Sai as she charts a new path to her destiny.


Maizy Chen鈥檚 Last Chance

Written by Lisa Yee. Published by Random House Children鈥檚 Books, a division of Penguin Random House.

As Maizy gets to know her ailing grandfather and helps run the family鈥檚 Chinese restaurant during an unplanned summer in Minnesota, she also discovers her family history and fights racial prejudice.聽