The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the
Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association
(ALA) to the author of the Outstanding
American Children's Book.
The award has been given since 1922. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th Century
publisher of juvenile books. Together with the Caldecott Medal, it is considered the most
prestigious award for children's literature in the United States.
Criteria for award
- The book must be published in English in the United States the previous year.
- The author must be a citizen or resident of the United State.
- The book must be considered for its theme, presentation (clarity, accuracy, and
organization), plot, characters, setting, and style.
- The book must relate to a child audience.
- The book must contribute to literature.
- The book must stand alone and not as part of a multimedia presentation.