Newbery Award Winners

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Named for John Newbery, an 18th-century English publisher of juvenile books, the Newbery was proposed by Frederic G. Melcher in 1921.

Newbery Award Winners

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2014 - Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo - Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Catalog - Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures

2013 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Catalog - The one and only Ivan

2012 - Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos - In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore.

Catalog - Dead end in Norvelt

2011 - Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool - Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

Catalog - Moon over Manifest

2010 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead - As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Catalog - When you reach me

2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Catalog - The graveyard book

2008 - Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz - A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

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2007 - The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron - Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.

Catalog - The higher power of Lucky

2006 - Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins - Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

Catalog - Criss cross

2005 - Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata - Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

Catalog - Kira-kira

2004 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo - The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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2003 - Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi - Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

Catalog - Crispin : the cross of lead

2002 - A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park - Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Catalog - A single shard

2001 - A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.

Catalog - A year down yonder

2000 - Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father - the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Catalog - Bud, not Buddy

1999 - Holes by Louis Sachar - As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Catalog - Holes

1998 - Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse - In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Catalog - Out of the dust

1997- The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg - Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Catalog - The view from Saturday

1996 - The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman - In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in the world.

Catalog - The midwife's apprentice

1995 - Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's rouse. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

Catalog - Walk two moons

1994 - The Giver by Lois Lowry - Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Catalog - The giver

1993 - Missing May by Cynthia Rylant - After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

Catalog - Missing May

1992- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Catalog - Shiloh

1991 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Catalog - Maniac Magee : a novel

1990 - Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

Catalog - Number the stars