Newbery Medal WinnersALA website for the Newbery Medal and Honor
The Newbery Medal was first offered in 1921 by Fredric G. Melcher as an incentive for better quality in childrens books. Named after John Newbery, the famous 18th-century publisher and seller of childrens books, it is now donated annually by the Melcher family and awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year.
From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery Medal, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books were referred to as Newbery runners-up. In 1971 the term runners-up was changed to honor books. The new terminology was made retroactive so that all former runners-up are now referred to as Newbery Honor Books. These are cited here as Nominees.
9 Newbery Medal-Winning Books for Kids
Medal Winner: "Merci Suárez Changes Gears" and Honor books for Next page. of results for Books: Children's Book Awards: Newbery Medal.
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Past Newbery Winners & Honor Books
Library; Karen R. Markey, Manhattan Beach, Calif. Scheper, Queens N. Koester, St. Polos, Bedford N.
Winner is listed first, followed by Honor titles. Toggle navigation VU Libraries Logo. Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing.