Why does the Newbery Medal have this name it does? It is named for John Newbery. An 18th century English publisher of juvenile books. The Newbery Medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan and created by Frederic G. Melcher in 1922.
What does the award mean? The Newbery Medal Award is an American Library Association-sponsored literary award that honors the best children's book every year. Committee members consist of public and school librarians. The award was founded in 1921 by Frederic G. Melcher in honor of 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery, a publisher of children's books.
What is the award for? To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.
In what country is the award given? The Award is restricted to authors who are citizens or residents of the United States. When was the award first given? The first Newbery Medal was given out in 1922 to Hendrik Willem van Loon for The Story of Mankind.
Hendrik Willem van Loon (January 14, 1882- March 11, 1944) Born in Rotterdam, Netherland A Dutch-American historian and journalist 1902: went to the United States to study at Cornell University 1919: became an American citizen
Known for emphasizing crucial historical events and giving a complete picture of individual characters, as well as the arts in history Had an informal and thought-provoking style: The Story of Mankind included personal anecdotes The title and subtitles of his books are notable for being lengthy.
The Story of Mankind Written for his grandchildren, The Story of Mankind tells in brief chapters the history of Western civilization beginning with primitive man, covering the development of writing, art, and architecture, the rise of major religions, and the formation of the modern nation-state.
Criteria for Newbery Medal 1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children, a. Committee members need to consider the following: Interpretation of the theme or concept Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization Development of a plot Delineation of characters Delineation of a setting Appropriateness of style. b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.
2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective. 3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
John Newbery & A Little Pretty Pocket-Book the first children's book Little words with lots of pictures Published in England 1744 showing the first reference to baseball consists of simple rhymes Full of interest, fun and contains morality popular in England re-published in Colonial America In 1762
Books won the Newbery Medal in The first year 1922 (1) Willem van Loon, Hendrik Story of Mankind Winner (2) Hawes,Charles Great Quest Honor (3) Marshall, Bernard Cedric the Forester Honor
(4) Bowen, William Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure Honor (5) Colum,Padraic Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles Honor (6) Meigs, Cornelia Windy Hill Honor
Awarded Books in the latest year 2012 Gantos,Jack Dead End in Norvelt Winner Lai,Thanhha Inside out and back again Honor Yelchin,Eugene Breaking Stalin’s Nose Honor
The story Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.
Author: Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking
Comment Dead End in Norvelt “This is a brilliant book, full of history, mystery, and laughs. It reminded me of my small-town childhood, although my small town was never as delightfully weird as Norvelt.” —Dave Barry “A bit of autobiography works its way into all of Gantos’s work, but he one-ups himself in this wildly entertaining meld of truth and fiction by naming the main character... Jackie Gantos.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “A fast-paced and witty read.” —School Library Journal
Wilder,Laura Ingalls Won Newbery Medal Five times
Five works 1942 Little town on the Prairie Honor 1944 These Happy Golden Years Honor 1938 On the Banks of Plum Creek Honor 1940 By the Shores of Silver Lake Honor 1941 The Long Winter
On The Banks of Plum Creek In this book, the family moves to Minnesota and settles in a dugout located near the banks of Plum Creek (thus the title of the book). The family is optimistic about their future prospects After a while he purchases wood to build a “real house” as well as horses as Christmas presents. Throughout the whole book there is a repetition of the faith that the crops will turn out well, thus bringing in enough money to pay for these purchases. However, disaster strikes in the form of grasshoppers.
Andrew Carnegie November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919 In the 1870s, he founded the Carnegie Steel Company, He was inspired by James Anderson “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He emphasized on local libraries, world peace, education and scientific research.
Carnegie Medal Established in 1936 Given annually to an outstanding book for children and young adults. Awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. (CILIP also recognizes excellence in illustration, with the Kate Greenway Medal)
CILIP First International Conference of Librarians CILIP accredits degree programmes in library and information science at universities in UK. Publishes a monthly magazine.
Standard of Carnegie Medal Previous Year: 1.written in English 2. published in the UK 3. the author could only win the medal once 1969: books by British authors first published in England 1972: first non-British author, Ivan Southall 1982: the first author, Peter Dickinson to be awarded a second medal
Carnegie judging panel: 13 children’s librarians Nominated books are read by students who sent feedback to judging panel The award is announced in June The winner received a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate