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John Newbery Medal 2015


John Newbery Medal 2015

The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.


- The winner of the John Newbery Medal is THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander.

- Two Newbery Honor Books were also named: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell; and BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - Youth Sports Fiction

March 5, 2019


Twin brothers Josh and Jordan, skilled in both basketball and mad beats, must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

El Deafo by Cece Bell - Fiction

September 2, 2014


Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful --- and very awkward --- hearing aid.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Narrative Poetry

October 11, 2016

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.