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Since Alicia just introduced our new Wednesday feature, What to Read Wednesday this week, and because we have a podcast called Cover to Reel, and because the Newbery Awards for 2019 were just announced about 4 days ago, it seemed appropriate to talk about some of our favorite Newbery Award winning books on today's Friday Faves.
The Newbery Award is given annually to the children's book author who has made the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. It has been awarded each year since 1922. There is generally one author that receives the top award and then a few other books that are given a Newbery Honor award as well. Throughout your school life or your children's school life, you have probably been exposed to many of the Newbery Award Winners. I haven't read any of this year's winners yet, but this year, the top award went to (insert drum roll)......
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina- It is the story of a 6th grade girl who has to deal with the problems of changes in school and in family. It deals with subjects of jealousy and alzheimers with wisdom and humor and comes highly recommended.
The 2 honor winners for this year are:
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani - This story takes place in India in 1947, writtten in diary form by a young girl to her mother.
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock-This is the story of a boy with a lump on his back who goes on a mysterious pilgrimage in 1350, hoping to see if he can be healed.
I am always amazed at the deep subjects that are dealt with in some of the children's literature today, especially among these award winning books. But, the subjects are usually dealt with in beautiful, understandable ways.
You can go on the website of the Association For Library Service for Children (alsc) to find the complete lists of Newbery Winners, as well as Caldecott and other awards listed to find excellent books to read. We thought that today we would share a few of our favorites with you that we have enjoyed over the years. We may have already covered them with their movie counterparts on Cover to Reel, or they may be in the works for later! I am going to start from the oldest and work my way to the most recent.
There were some books that I've read that I just didn't feel I had the room to include, but it was hard to leave any out! That is why this list is so long! But, If you have some favorite Newbery Award Winners that I didn't include, please be sure to drop the titles in the comments section. Even though these are supposed to children's books, I have enjoyed so many of them as an adult.
We will let you know if we include any of the Cover to Reel versions on the podcast! But, this week, be sure to tune in to hear Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, just produced yesterday!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!