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.
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