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John Newbery Medal 2016


John Newbery Medal 2016

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually 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.
On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested that it be named for the eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians and Melcher's official proposal was approved by the ALA Executive Board in 1922. 
- The winner of the John Newbery Medal is LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt De La Peña and Christian Robinson. 
- Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson; and ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan. 
Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena with illustrations by Christian Robinson. - Picture

January 8, 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.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - Historical Fiction

May 31, 2016

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who takes the kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan --- and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson - Graphic Novel

March 10, 2015


For most of her 12 years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school…in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan - Youth Fiction

February 24, 2015

Lost and alone a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.