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The Newbery Title Frankenstein

Newbery Wordle

There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same. It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning […]

Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

Newbery Caldecott Video 2000

Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement. 2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book […]

The Newbery Medal Infographic


A couple months back I realized that although there are tons of infographics in the world, there aren’t many with a children’s literature focus. Let’s right that wrong. Last time out we had the world’s first Caldecott Medal infographic, and today we take on Newbery. Click to enlarge. easel.ly

The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

Newbery Caldecott Geisel

The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me. Click here for video of the awards. Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin Honor: Three […]

Covering the Newbery (#82): Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Crispin the Cross of Lead

Executive decision time. This is the final Covering the Newbery post. It just makes sense, people. I started this series in 2010 as a way to have fun with book covers that were no longer causing much of a stir among young readers. But then I did 81 of them and the outdated cover thing […]

Covering the Newbery (#80): A Year Down Yonder

Year Down Yonder

Visit the Covering the Newbery Gallery. 2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Source image: “Nepal (10) – 26Sep10, Bardia (Nepal)” by philippe leroyer http://flic.kr/p/bYuzp1)

Covering the Newbery (#78): Holes

Holes Large

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1999: Holes by Louis Sachar Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Covering the Newbery (#77): Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: (Oh, boy…) Holes by by Louis Sachar (Source image: “15-04-10 You Are So Magnetic, You Pick Up All The Pins” by Bethan http://flic.kr/p/7THEyW)

Covering the Newbery (#76): The View from Saturday


Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Source image: “Box Boys and Gals” by kissabug http://flic.kr/p/6VpS3h)

Covering the Newbery (#75): The Midwife’s Apprentice

Midwife's Apprentice

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery. 1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Source image: “Sometimes I feel like a painter” by hans s http://flic.kr/p/KLHv8)

Books on Film: 2012 Newbery & Caldecott Speeches

Gantos Newbery Speech

While the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced in winter (January, usually), the recipients don’t get their medals and deliver their acceptance speeches until the ALA Annual Convention in summer (June, typically). In the past, if you weren’t in the room for the speeches, there was no way to see them. Sure, you could read […]

Covering the Newbery (#74): Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

Visit the Covering the Newbery gallery 1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Source Image: “illustration in the market” by Corey Schmitz http://flic.kr/p/5EEtTm)

Covering the Newbery (#73): The Giver

The Giver

What is Covering the Newbery? 1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry Original Cover: My Re-do: Side by Side: Up next week: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Source Image: “we did good” http://flic.kr/p/9ppwMW)

Covering the Newbery (#72): Missing May

Missing May

What is Covering the Newbery? 1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant Original Cover: My Redo: Side by side: Verdict: Brighter! But, as has happened in the past, the new cover doesn’t give many hints about what’s inside. Up next week: The Giver by Lois Lowry (Source Image: “dear diary” http://flic.kr/p/8hzzkJ)

Newbery 2013: Checking In

Newbery 2013

Click here for Caldecott 2013 Well, here we are. It’s fall. Two thirds of the year in the bag. I’ve thrown in the towel on any sort of lawn care (let the glorious snow cover all my mistakes). I’d say it’s high time we take stock of the books that the Newbery and Caldecott committees […]