Today in History: First Newbery Medal

| June 27, 2018

180625_News_1080x1920So fondly I remember bedtime readings when even our Siamese kitten curled himself like a sausage among the stuffed animals and purred away contentedly. Yes, even Generation Z kids grow up holding hard copy books in their hands — testament to the pure aesthetics of reading. Cluster around an award winner, turn the pages, and there’s no doubt that a Caldecott or Newbery, if not any beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, is meant to be shared and savored. We all have our childhood favorites — The Cricket in Times Square (1961, Honor); A Wrinkle in Time (1963, Medal); Phantom Tollbooth (1961); Crispin (2003, Medal); A Series of Unfortunate Events (1999-2006) ! It’s a delightful way to bind family, inspire the love the reading, deliciously quiet the day and settle the night.

The first Newbery medal was first awarded on June 27, 1922 to Hendrik Willhem Van Loom for his book, The Story of Mankind. Named in honor of John Newbery, a famous British eighteenth century publisher of juvenile books who also supported the work of Chistopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, and Samuel Johnson, the medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the field of children’s literature. It is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children and the American Library Association to the author of the outstanding American book for children. Authors in the past have included: Lois Lenski, Beverly Cleary, Cynthia Rylant, Avi, and Laura Amy Schmitz. The winner for 2018 is Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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