On Monday, the American Library Association announced their selections for their youth media awards. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of those award winners here on the blog. Drop by the library and check one out!
Today, we’re featuring this year’s John Newbery Medal winner and honor books. The Newbery medal recognizes a book which which represents an outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
“Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson – JE de la Pena, J CD FIC de la PENA
“A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.”
Newbery Honor Books
“The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Coming Soon to HRL! Check out the rest of the author’s work at HRL: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
“An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in.”
“Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson – J GN Jamieson
“A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.”
“Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan – J Ryan
“Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.”
The Newbery Medal has been awarded since 1922 and Handley Regional Library has many winners and honor books in its collection. A great resource for high-quality children’s books, the full list of winners is available on our booklist: Newbery Medal Award Winners