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2020 Newbery Winner and Honors

Did you know?

  • The Newbery Medal is awarded every year to "the most distinguished American children's book."  It was named for the eighteenth century English bookseller, John Newbery.
  • The Newbery was the 1st award for children's books in the world.
  • Hendrik Willem Van Loon was given the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for his book, Story of Mankind.
  • The Newbery winner's speech is published each year in The Horn Book.
  • Five authors have won the Newbery Medal twice, including: Joseph Krumgold, Elizabeth George Speare, E.L. Konigsburg, Katherine Paterson, and Lois Lowry.
  • In 1975, Virginia Hamilton was the first African-American author to win the Newbery Medal for her book, M.C. Higgins, the Great.

Past Winners

Past Winners