Today in History: First Newbery Medal

| June 27, 2019

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Did you know that the first Newbery Medal was 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 Christopher 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 2019 is Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina. Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, and The Book of Boy,  by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr, and published by Greenwillow Books.

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

Tips:

  • Conduct a search in Educat the catalog of the Gottesman Libraries, to see our holdings of both Newbery and Caldecott award and honor books.
  • Read about our extensive children’s literature collections.
  • Check out further details about the Caldecott Medal,  named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

Images:

  • John Newbury Medal, Courtesy of Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton
  • Special Slide, Courtesy of EdLab Studios

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