Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Newberry Award

Whenever I will buy children's book, I easily get interested with books that has Newberry Honor or Newberry Award stamped on the cover compared to those books that don't have it. Most of my favorite young adult books are Newberry Awards or Honors such as Holes, The View from Saturday, Because of Winn-Dixie, Surviving the Applewhites, etc. What exactly is Newbery Award and how do books and author get it?

After a short research, I found out that Newbery Medal is a yearly award that honors an outstanding contribution to children's literature. It was named after John Newbery, an English bookseller in the 1700s. It was however created a bit later by Frederic G. Melcher in 1921. The first award was given in 1922 to author Henrik Willem Von Loon for his novel, The Story of Mankind.

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