poetry takes the prize!

February 12, 2015

Newbery Award 2015

The Newbery Medal 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. We extend congratulations to 2015 Newbery Medal winner, Kwame Alexander, for his book in narrative verse, Crossover.

In addition to the Medal winner, the Newbery Committee also selects two Honor winners. This year, one was a graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, written by Cece Bell, and the other was a memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson.

Sylvia Tag, Librarian & Associate Professor, Western Washington University, was a member of the 2015 Newbery Medal Selection Committee. Of her experience, she says,

“The committee consists of 15 members from all over the United States. To serve on the committee, you must be a member of The Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) and most committee members work in libraries and/or schools. The self-ascribed motto for our 2015 committee was ‘Trust the Process.’ Over the past year, I read hundreds of books. As a committee, we discussed, examined, spoke to kids, polled educators, deliberated, and finally met for two days in Chicago to vote on the winner by secret ballot. It sounds like a cliché, but it was a humbling experience. Calling Kwame at 6:00am to tell him that his life would never be the same still makes me tear up. Seriously! All the American Library Awards are about getting books into the hands of kids (print or virtual) — being a part of realizing that goal is very cool.”

There’s more on the Newbery Medal, Kwame Alexander and Kwame Alexander Books on Facebook.

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