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.
2014 Newberry Medal Award Winner: Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a
genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It
begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that
has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner
coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every
issue of the comic book "Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, " is the
just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict
is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of
strength, flight, and misspelled poetry -- and that Flora will be
changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of
a capacious heart. From #1" New York Times" best-selling author Kate
DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing
characters and featuring an exciting new format -- a novel interspersed
with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all
rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
2013 Newberry Medal Award Winner: Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and
Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the
glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In
fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan
thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly
elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and
how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color
and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant
taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home--and his own
art--through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and
it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine
Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable
first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.
2012 Newberry Medal Award Winner
Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, "Dead End in Norvelt "is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore--typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. Endlessly surprising, this sly, sharp-edged narrative is the author at his very best, making readers laugh out loud at the most unexpected things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in a slightly off-kilter place where the past is present, the present is confusing, and the future is completely up in the air.
2011 Newberry Medal Award Winner: The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I'd seen only in Gideon's stories: Manifest--A Town with a rich past and a bright future.
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.
Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to "Leave Well Enough Alone."
Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest's history is full of colorful and shadowy characters--and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest's secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.
Powerful in its simplicity and rich in historical detail, Clare Vanderpool's debut is a gripping story of loss and redemption.
2010 Newberry Medal Award Winner