Newberry Medal Award!
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
2016 Medal Winner
Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature and people surround him. CJ’s questions are familiar, and Nana answers him with gentle wisdom. Right up until their arrival at the last stop on Market Street, Nana guides CJ to become “a better witness for what’s beautiful.”
“Read it aloud to someone. The use of language to elicit questions, to spark imagination and to make us laugh is at its best when spoken,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Ernie J. Cox.
2016 Honor Books
The War that Saved my Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Bradley’s powerful plot, remarkably drawn characters and sparse language are outstanding components of this novel about courage, community and conviction.
Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Astrid falls in love with roller derby and learns how to be tougher, stronger and fearless. Jamieson perfectly captures the highs and lows of growing up in this dynamic graphic novel.
Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Four stories, one harmonica. This original fairytale intertwines with historical fiction to explore music and its power to save, heal and set free.
2015 Medal Winner:
The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
narrator Josh Bell uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the
"moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball
court with his twin brother, J.B. This powerful novel in verse paints an
authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis.
Swish! This book is nothing but net!
15-member committee worked diligently and thoughtfully to determine the
2015 Newbery Medal winner,” said Committee Chair Randall Enos.
2015 Honor Books
El Deafo, written by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
this insightful and humorous graphic novel memoir, Cece Bell portrays
growing up with a giant hearing aid strapped to her chest. Themes of
navigating a new school, sleepovers, finding a true friend and a first
crush make this book universal in appeal. Bell shows that our
differences are gifts that “can be turned into something amazing.”
Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Woodson’s lyrical memoir chronicles the incidents and emotions she
experienced as an African-American girl growing up in the 1960s and
1970s. Precise language magnifies moments and connects them to the
larger historical narrative. Her elegant and evocative standalone poems
weave a story about her development from a struggling reader and dreamer
into a confident young woman and writer.
2014 Medal Winner is . . .
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo
book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a
flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome
Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of
characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to
comic books is a testament to the power of love.
2014 Honor books are . . .
Doll Bones, written by Holly Black
this distinctive coming-of-age tale, best friends Zach, Poppy and Alice
set out on a life-altering quest driven by the presence of a sinister
bone china doll who haunts their dreams and waking hours. Black explores
complex questions of sto-rytelling, imagination and changing
friendships in this superbly haunting narrative.
The Year of Billy Miller, written by Kevin Henkes
Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of
worries, but during the year he develops better relationships with his
teacher, his little sister, and his parents, and celebrates a quiet
triumph of his own.
One Came Home, written by Amy Timberlake
1871 Wisconsin, love, betrayal, grief and violence spur 13-year-old
Georgie on a gripping adventure full of hardship, heartbreak and terror.
As she tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance,
Georgie and her brash, humorous voice pull readers along on her journey
Paperboy, written by Vince Vawter
Man, a sensitive and resilient 11-year-old boy who stutters, ventures
beyond the familiar and finds his voice while taking over his best
friend’s paper route. Set in the summer heat of 1959 Memphis, “Paperboy”
is a moving coming-of-age novel.
The 2013 Winner is...
The One and Only Ivan
by: Katherine Applegate
a gorilla, has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals
at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His memory of life before
humans and cages is hazy, until a terrified young elephant joins him and
he starts to remember the importance of family and belonging. A
wonderful read, full of heart.”
2013 Honor Books are...
Splendors and Glooms
by: Laura Amy Schlitz
master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his
stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only
child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites
him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a
fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with
caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by: Steve Sheinkin
December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking
discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom
split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that
spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet
spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a
commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water
manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists
was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of
the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the
world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Three Times Lucky
by: Sheila Turnage
sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo
Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is
sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's
been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her
"upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner
with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café
hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong
will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a
murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to
uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
All photos and book summaries taken from ALA (American Library Association)