Newbery Medal

Most distnguidshed contribution to American literature for children

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.

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Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
2018 Newbery Medal - Winner

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. 

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Author: Derrick Barnes
2018 Newbery Medal - Honor

A boy walks into a barbershop; a prince walks out. Through lyrical free verse, Derrick Barnes’joyous paean celebrates the universal, transformative, confidence-building experience of a great haircut. 

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Author: Jason Reynolds
2018 Newbery Medal - Honor

Terse, sharp verse depicts a desperate teenager seeking to avenge the shooting death of his brother. Gun tucked into his waistband, he is shocked by the appearance of childhood friends and relatives on a chilling sixty-second elevator ride. Visceral language and raw emotion result in a powerful novel of grief and vengeance. 

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Author: Renee Watson
2018 Newbery Medal - Honor

Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

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Author: Kelly Regan Barnhill
2017 Newbery Medal - Winner

An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian...

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Author: Ashley Bryan
2017 Newbery Medal - Honor

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away

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Author: Adam Gidwitz
2017 Newbery Medal - Honor

A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned

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Author: Lauren Wolk
2017 Newbery Medal - Honor

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran

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Author: Matt de la Peña
2016 Newbery Medal - Winner

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

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Author: Pam Muñoz, Ryan
2016 Newbery Medal - Honor

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

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Author: Victoria JAMIESON
2016 Newbery Medal - Honor

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

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Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2016 Newbery Medal - Honor
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
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Author: Kwame Alexander
2015 Newbery Medal - Winner

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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Author: Jaqueline Woodson
2015 Newbery Medal - Honor

In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South.

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Author: Cece Bell
2015 Newbery Medal - Honor

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her superpower.