January 18, 2010

The 2010 Newbery Winner Is. . .

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Newbery The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Last year's winner was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. (I know. Technically, Gaiman is British, but he lives in the U.S., so that's why he was eligible. Confusing!)

This year's winner was just announced today, and the 2010 Newbery Medal goes to When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Have you read it yet? Do YOU think it was the best American book published in 2009? If you were on the committee voting for the Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2009 by Americans are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

UPDATE: 1/18: Congratulations also to the 4 Newbery Honor Books for 2010. All amazing books too!

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

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  1. Cray

    I agree with Whit on the need for the ALA to reevaluate their criteria. The omission of this year’s only serious book of rhyming poetry, ‘Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland’, was criminal. I understand there’s been a lot of (undeserved) hype over the the new Tim Burton adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ — given the hard sell by the Disney machine, Alice overload was inevitable — but Burton’s botched Wonderland redo should not have been held against J.T. Holden’s pitch-perfect homage to Carroll’s classic tale. For years rhyming poetry has been given the short shrift by critics and awards groups alike, while free verse has rode the wave of respectability — and given the rubbish put out by most rhyming poets these days, I can certainly understand the built-in resistance. But by the same token, when a book of rhyming poetry reaches the level of excellence that ‘Alice in Verse’ so clearly has, shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the ALA to include such a book on their Annual Children’s Notable List? In a recent interview the author was asked why his book was not submitted for the Newbery Medal. He responded, ‘It was. My publisher submitted it to both the Newbery and ALA Children’s Notable committees. Sadly, it didn’t make the cut.’
    He’s right. It’s very sad. A truly remarkable literary achievement slipped through the cracks. Of course, this is nothing new — John Steinbeck’s ‘The Red Pony’ didn’t make the cut either.

  2. Whit

    The ALA needs to re-evaluate their criteria! They have botched at least two and possibly the last three years! How Nancy Farmer didn’t win this year for her epic finale to her first trilogy Island of the Blessed is beyond me! She should have also at least won Honor recognition for Sea of Trolls. Not to mention that last year’s winner Graveyard Book was universally questioned as a legitimate contender. I am a teacher and change is needed!

  3. green queen 09

    I haven’t read it… yet! I’m gonna try to get it at the library. If it won that award, it must be a great book! Thanks!

  4. lorelai17

    Never read it, but I want to now… However, I would’ve picked The Last Wolf of Ireland, it’s my favorite book.

  5. Bookworm288

    Never read it. I would probably have picked the last Percy Jackson book. But I will read this one! (Thanks, summerlovegirl!)

  6. Summerlovergirl

    I’ve read it! I think it’s worthy of the award. It’s a really great book. For anyone who hasn’t read it, I would! Congratulations!