June Book Discussion

What does the following list of books have in common?

  • Hello Universe (Erin Entrada Kelly)
  • The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
  • Criss Cross (Lynne Rai Perkins)
  • A View from Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg)
  • Miracles on Maple Hill (Virginia Sorensen)
  • Rabbit Hill (Robert Lawson)
  • Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
  • Smoky, the Cowhorse (Will James).

Have you figured it out yet? These are a few of the 96 books that have been named as Newbery Medal Winners.

Named for the 18th century English bookseller John Newbery, and begun in 1922, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. That’s a lot of big words to say the Newbery Award goes to the best children’s book published the year before! Of course, all of us would have different opinions as to what is good, that is why there is a committee, chosen by the American Library Association, to make that decision.

If you are interested is seeing what books we have that are Newbery Winners, you are able to do a subject search with the term – Newbery Medal – on our catalog and come up with the titles we have in house or available on our consortium as an e-book. As this has been going on for 96 years, we are not able to get them all since 1922, but we have what we are able to locate. And if you need help, the staff is more than willing to help you locate them. You can find the list of them online at the ALA website, on popular book sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, or you can pick up a copy at the library.

On Tuesday, June 26th , the Adult Book Discussion will be discussing Newbery Winner books. Read one or two, attend our discussion and let’s see where our discussion leads us. A Newbery Winner is also listed as one of the challenges for the 2018 Adult Reading Challenge, if you are participating in that challenge. Maybe you are just interested in the literary world! Set a goal to read as many of these award winners as you can. Find out what makes them award winners. Share your thoughts with us!

And for extra credit, what is the Caldecott Medal award for?