The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. The award has been given since 1922. Together with the Caldecott Medal, it is considered the most prestigious award for children's literature in the United States. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th century publisher of juvenile books.
The Newbery Medal is the equivalent of winning the Oscar for Best Picture.
The Newbery Medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan in 1921 and depicts on the reverse, an author giving his work (a book) to a male and female child to read.
The Newbery Medal is not to be confused with the Newbery Honor citation, which is conferred annually to worthy runners-up. The Medal is given to the best book each year. There may be one or more Honor books in the same year as well. This list are only the Medal books.
All but four of the 86 Newbery Medal Winners are still in print. These are the kinds of books parents share with their children because they have warm memories of their own first-reading-experience. We're pleased to offer the 82 Newbery Medal books listed on the following pages. And if you run across a copy of Tales from Silver Lands or Waterless Mountain or Daniel Boone by Daugherty or Dobry, send me an email!
Many of these books are works of historical fiction. They make execellent resources for the study of the time period in which they are set.