Every year the American Library Association (ALA) awards its prestigious Newberry Medal to the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. The committee also chooses other notable runners-up called Newberry Honor Books. Since 1922, librarians, teachers, and parents have used the Newberry medal and honor book announcement as a useful guide to help children choose good literature.
The 2009 medal winner is The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Children will recognize Neil Gaiman as the author another book-made-into-movie, Coraline, though he is a prolific author of comics, short stories, and novels for all ages. The hero of his latest award-winner is Nobody Owens, an orphan who escapes the hands of a killer and is raised by ghosts of the graveyard in which he resides. The tale includes murder, magic, and mystery, and is sure to capture the imagination of schoolchildren everywhere.
Here are links to the lists of Newberry Medal and Honor Book winners from 1922 to the present. How many of these books have your read? Did your childhood favorite make the list?