Essay about The John Newberry Medal: Frederic G. Melcher

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In July of 1987 Frederic G. Melcher would propose an idea to a section of the American Library Association known at that time as the Children’s Librarians Section. The result would be the first children’s book award in the world known as the John Newberry Medal (Newberry Award Manuel). The Newberry Medal was first awarded in 1922 to an author of children’s literature. In 1937 Frederic G. Melcher would suggest that they Illustrators of children’s book should also be recognized. In 1938 the first Randolph Caldecott Medal was awarded to an illustrator of children’s literature (Caldecott Medal Manuel). The process of how to award the winners has evolved over the years. Both medals were awarded by the same committee until 1980 when a …show more content…
The Newbery Medal; was designed by sculptor Rene’ Chambellan. It depicts an author reading a book to a boy and girl. An inscription of both the Children’s and School Librarian’s Section of the American Library Association is on the medal (Newberry Medal Manual). Since the creation of the Newbery Medan six authors have been awarded the Newbery Medal twice. The most recent two time winner is Katie DiCamillo in 2014 with her book Flora & Ulysses, The illuminated Adventures. Two authors have made the Newberry Medal or Honors award on five different occasions. Meindert DeJong was awarded The Newberry Medal once and received Newbery Honors of four separate occasions. Laura Ingalls Wilder never won the award but received Newbery Honors five times. Over forty different authors have been awarded with both a Newberry Medal and Newbery Honors for different books (Newberry Books 1922-Present). Below is a list of the Newbery Medal award recipients since 2004 (Newberry Books 1922-Present).
2014: Flora & Ulysses, The illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007: The Higher

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