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Winning the Newbery Medal is the greatest honor for an author of middle grade or young adult literature living in the USA. It means that the chosen book has been read and enjoyed by experts in the field of children's literature, and that the book has lasting value. These are the outstanding classic books children will read and remember for years to come.

The American Library Association (ALA) is the organization that chooses Newbery Medal winners. The Newbery Medal is one of many awards given by the ALA each year.

Newbery Medal criteria

The Newbery Medal is given to one distinguished book annually. The book can be fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, but it must be original. Reprints and compilations do not qualify.

Each year ALA member librarians review all eligible books printed the previous year, and select winners based on the following criteria:

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Winners of the Newbery Medal

History of the Newbery Medal

Frederic G. Melcher first proposed his idea for the Newbery Medal to the Children's Librarians' Section of the American Library Association on 21 June 1921. The idea was accepted with enthusiasm and approved in 1922.

The original formal agreement stated that the Newbery Medal was intended "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."

The medal is named for John Newbery, an English bookseller who lived from 1713 to 1767. At the age of 16 Newbery became a printer's apprentice. His master passed away and left half the business to him when he was 24. About one-fifth of the books he printed were for children. His first big success was A Pretty Little Pocket Book, published in 1744.

Newbery's motto was Deluctando Monemus, meaning "instruction through delight".

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