S: The Story of the Newbery Award
1: The story of the Newbery Award Given each year to the best children's novel! | By Mrs. Mudgett
2: John Newbery was born in Berkshire, England in 1713. Wow, that was almost 300 years ago! John.s father was a farmer and expected his son to become a farmer, as it was customary in those days for a son to follow in his father's work.
3: John did not want to become a farmer, so when he was 31 years old he moved to London, England. He opened a bookstore and medicine shop called the Bible and Sun.
4: John was always thinking of ways to increase business. One day, a notice appeared in the window announcing a special book for children. In those days, there weren't any books written just for children. A picture book called A Little Pretty Pocket Book was displayed next to the notice. This was the FIRST book to be written and illustrated just for children. The book was a great success. John Newbury published more than 20 books for children during his lifetime.
5: During the American Library Association's annual meeting in Massachusetts in 1921, Frederic Melcher surprised the librarians by proposing that an award be established for excellence in children's literature. After careful consideration, the librarians voted to accept the proposal and his further suggestion to name the award in honor of John Newbury.
6: The American Library Association began a tradition in 1922, that a bronze medal be awarded annually (once a year) to the author of "The most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" published during the preceding year.
7: The only limits placed on the award were that the author must be a citizen or resident of the United States, and that the work must be original. No retellings or compilations would be considered. So, stories like Cinderella, any tall tales, or collections of stories would not be eligible to win.
8: The first Newbery Medal was awarded in 1922 to Hendrik Willem Van Loon for his book, The Story of Mankind.
9: Today, a committee of the Children's Service division of the American Library Association selects the winner. The announcement is made at the mid-winter meeting of the ALA.
10: Although the winner doesn't receive any money, this prestigious award makes the author instantly famous. Because of this, everyone wants to own a copy of their book, and they earn royalties from the sale of each copy!
11: Some Newbery Award winners you might recognize are the story of the adventurous mouse named Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo...
12: Number the Stars about a young girl growing up during World War II. She had a best friend who was Jewish and she hid her in her bedroom from the soldiers.
13: The Graveyard Book is about a boy who grows up in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. But don't worry, it's not too scary, just a bit weird!
14: I hope you learned something new about the Newbery Award! Remember, YOU could grow up to become an award-winning author!
15: The End | Lewis, Marguerite. Hooked on Library Skills! New York: The Center for Applied Research in Education, 1988. Print.