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.

"The most distinguished contribution to American Literature for Children" is what it says on the medal itself. Imagine how the author feels to have a book described like that!

When the Committee called me in 1990 to tell me that Number the Stars had been awarded the medal, they found me at my desk, where I usually am.

In 1994, they couldn't find me. I was in Antarctica! Eventually they reached me by sending a radiogram. So I was feeling on top of the world, though, technically speaking, I was actually at the bottom.

You can read more about the Newbery Medal at the ALSC's website.

Click for a list of all awards I have been given

Newbery Medal (1990 and 1994)
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Contribution to Young Adult Literature
Regina Medal
National Jewish Book Award
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1987 and 1993)
Sydney Taylor Book Award
Hope S. Dean Award
New England Book Award
Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize
Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee (United States)
Golden Kite Award
International Reading Association Children’s Book Award
International Board on Books for Young People Honor List
Kerlan Award
The Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education The Outstanding Children's Books of the Year
Parents' Choice Gold
Little D Award
2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture
Lamstein Lecture at the University of Michigan
2001 Zena Sutherland Lecture
Anne Carroll Moore Lecture
Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture

State Awards
Arizona Young Read’s Awards
Arkansas – Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award
Georgia Children’s Book Awards
Illinois – Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
Indiana –Young Hoosier Book Award
Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award
Iowa Children’s Choice Awards & Iowa Teen Award
Kansas – William Allen White Children’s Book Award
Maine Student Book Award
Maryland Children’s Book Award
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Missouri – Mark Twain Award
Nebraska – Golden Sower Award
Nevada Young Readers Awards
New Jersey – Garden State Children’s Book Awards & Garden State Teen Book Awards
Oklahoma – Sequoyah Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards
Pacific Northwest – Young Reader’s Choice Awards
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards
South Dakota – Prairie Pasque Awards
Vermont – Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
Wisconsin – Golden Archer Award
Wyoming – Soaring Eagle Book Award

Click for a list of all Newbery Medals awarded since the medal was founded in 1922

2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press) 
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children) 
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin) 
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial) 
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte) 
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster) 
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic)
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt)
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar)
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart)
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Stokes)
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)


Newbery Medal (1990 and 1994)
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Contribution to Young Adult Literature
Regina Medal
National Jewish Book Award
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1987 and 1993)
Sydney Taylor Book Award
Hope S. Dean Award
New England Book Award
Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize
Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee (United States)
Golden Kite Award
International Reading Association Children’s Book Award
International Board on Books for Young People Honor List
Kerlan Award
The Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education The Outstanding Children's Books of the Year
Parents' Choice Gold
Little D Award


2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture
Lamstein Lecture at the University of Michigan
2001 Zena Sutherland Lecture
Anne Carroll Moore Lecture
Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture

State Awards
Arizona Young Read’s Awards
Arkansas – Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award
Georgia Children’s Book Awards
Illinois – Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
Indiana –Young Hoosier Book Award
Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award
Iowa Children’s Choice Awards & Iowa Teen Award
Kansas – William Allen White Children’s Book Award
Maine Student Book Award
Maryland Children’s Book Award
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Missouri – Mark Twain Award
Nebraska – Golden Sower Award
Nevada Young Readers Awards
New Jersey – Garden State Children’s Book Awards & Garden State Teen Book Awards
Oklahoma – Sequoyah Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards
Pacific Northwest – Young Reader’s Choice Awards
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards
South Dakota – Prairie Pasque Awards
Vermont – Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
Wisconsin – Golden Archer Award
Wyoming – Soaring Eagle Book Award

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