The Newberry Medal is a children’s book award given to an author in the United States. Instituted after John Newbery, the prestigious children’s book award is administered annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) which is part of the American Library Association (ALA). The Newbery Medal, popularly known as the Newberry is named after the 18th century English book publisher of children’s books by the name of John Newberry. The award has been given annually since 1922 and is recognized as the first literary award for children’s books. The Newbery medal was created by Frederic G. Melcher and designed by Rene Paul Chambellan in 1921, depicting an author giving a book to a little boy and girl.
• The author must be a resident or citizen of the United States.
• The book must be especially for children which includes children up to the age of fourteen.
• The Work should be original, compilations and reprints are not eligible.
• The work can include fiction, poetry and non-fiction.
• The book should not have been published in any other country.
Newberry Medal Winners of the past ten years include Christopher Paul Curtis for his book-Bud, Not Buddy in 2000, Richard Peck in 2001 for-A Year Down Yonder, in 2002 Linda Sue Park for her book -A Single Shard, Avi for the book -Crispin: The Cross of Lead in 2003, Kate Di Camillo for -The Tale of Despereaux in 2004, Cynthia Kadohata for -Kira-Kira in 2005, Lynne Rae Perkins for- Criss Cross in 2006, Susan Patron for- The Higher Power of Lucky in 2007, Laura Amy Schlitz for her work- Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village in 2008, Neil Gaiman for- The Graveyard Book in 2009 and Rebecca Stead for her work- When You Reach Me, in 2010.
Clare Vanderpool was announced by the American Library Association (ALA) as the Newberry Medal Winner on January 10, 2011 for her book Moon Over Manifest (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2010. ISBN: 9780385738835) According to Cynthia K. Richey, member of the Newberry Medal Committee, (Source: ALA) – “Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future.”
Apart from the Newbery medal, Newbery Honors are awarded to worthy works. Four Newberry Honor Books also gained recognition in 2011. The names of the books as cited by ALA are listed below-