Flashback Friday: Never Won a Newbery
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In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Newbery Medal, we’re taking a look back at the award’s history on every fourth Friday. Today we’ll look at some of the books and authors that might have won a medal, but for one reason or another, did not. We’ve got three polls for you to weigh in on and we’d love to hear the reasons behind your choices, which you can add in the Comments below.
Newbery-less Authors: The first poll lists 20 authors who have never been awarded a Newbery Medal or an Honor. Choose the 3 that you think might have been the most deserving, and you can also let us know why in the comments. If an author is not on the list who should be, you can add that name in the comments.
Honors, Yes; Medals, No: Poll number two features 20 authors who have won at least one Newbery Honor, but never a Medal. Again, pick your top 3 and share your thinking.
No Newbery for These Books: The third poll lists 20 fiction titles that were not named as Honor or Medal books. To come up with this list I used Betsy Bird’s fascinating Top 100 Chapter Books Poll on Fuse #8 from 2012, starting from the top and pulling out the top 20 eligible Newbery-less titles. (I did get distracted along the way, though, by Betsy’s deep dive into each title, as well as the comments by readers…this is a really fun poll). Pick your top 3, or if you think of titles not listed, add them in the comments.
Vote on the polls by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 26th. We’ll share the results here on October 27th. But for now: think about those Newbery-less books, cast your votes, and comment…:
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Filed under: Book Discussion, Newbery History
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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