Newbery Medal Books

Winners from 1922 to 2021

What's the Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Information from the American Library Association.

2021 Newbery Medal Winners

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When You Trap a Tiger
Written by Tae Keller
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.
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A Wish in the Dark
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Recommend Ages: 8-11
A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.

All light in Chattana is created by one man – the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.

Nok, the prison warden’s perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family’s good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat’s twist on Victor Hugo’s <i>Les Misérables </i>is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice – and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.

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We Dream of Space
Written & illustrated by Erin Entrada Kelly
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.
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Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford & illustrated by Michele Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

In a moving, lyrical tale about the cost and fragility of freedom, a New York Times best-selling author and an acclaimed artist follow the life of a man who courageously shipped himself out of slavery.

What have I to fear?
My master broke every promise to me.
I lost my beloved wife and our dear children.
All, sold South. Neither my time nor my body is mine.
The breath of life is all I have to lose.
And bondage is suffocating me.

Henry Brown wrote that long before he came to be known as Box, he “entered the world a slave.” He was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next – as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope – and help – came in the form of the Underground Railroad. Escape!

In stanzas of six lines each, each line representing one side of a box, celebrated poet Carole Boston Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown’s story of how he came to send himself in a box from slavery to freedom. Strikingly illustrated in rich hues and patterns by artist Michele Wood, Box is augmented with historical records and an introductory excerpt from Henry’s own writing as well as a time line, notes from the author and illustrator, and a bibliography.

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  • Fighting Words - A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom’s boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run <i>fast,</i> Della had Suki. Suki is Della’s own wolf–her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della’s world turns so far upside down, it feels like it’s shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she’s been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it’s time to be loud. In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.

All Newbery Medal Winners

Multiple Award Winners

Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly
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Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
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7.0
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Lynne Rae Perkins
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Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering
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5.9
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E.L. Konigsburg
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5.8
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Paul Fleischman, Eric Beddows
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Robin McKinley
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Beverly Cleary, Paul O. Zelinsky
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Nancy Willard, Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
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4.8
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Ellen Raskin
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Robert C. O'Brien
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4.5
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Lloyd Alexander
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Maia Wojciechowska
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Joseph Krumgold, Symeon Shimin
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Meindert DeJong, Maurice Sendak
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7.0
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Ann Nolan Clark
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Eleanor Estes, Edward Ardizzone
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Elizabeth Yates
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Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis
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Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
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Robert Lawson
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Elizabeth Janet Gray
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James Daugherty
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Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
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Kate Seredy
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Monica Shannon
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Laura Adams Armer, Sidney Armer
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Rachel Field, Dorothy P Lathrop
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Eric P Kelly, Janina Domanska
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Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Boris Artzybasheff
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Will James
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Arthur Bowie Chrisman
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Charles J Finger, Paul Honore
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Charles Boardman Hawes, Warren Chappell
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