The John Newbery Medal

  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears - 2019 Winner

    by Meg Medina Year Published: 2018

    Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been completely like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. And Merci is left to her own worries, because no one in her family will tell her what's going on. Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.

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  • Hello, Universe - 2018 Winner

    by Erin Entrada Kelly Year Published: 2017

    Four different narrators tell this story: Virgil Salinas, Valencia Somerset, Kaori Tanaka and Chett Bullens. Virgil is a shy, skinny 11-year-old who struggles with learning and is afraid to speak up. Smart but friendless Valencia is deaf and in Virgil’s resource class. Kaori calls herself a psychic and feels she was born in the wrong place. Chet is a bully who mocks those who are different.

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  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon - 2017 Winner

    by Kelly Barnhill Year Published: 2016

    Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

    One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

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  • Last Stop on Market Street - 2016 Winner

    by Matt de la Peña Year Published: 2015

    Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

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  • The Crossover - 2015 Winner

    by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2014

    With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. ’Cuz tonight I’m delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it’s all on the line.

    As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins’ bond unravels.Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart. 
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  • The John Newbery Medal, frequently shortened to the Newbery, is a literary award given 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: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
    2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Children's Books)
    2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux)
    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) 
    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)