Newbery Medal Awardees

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 published the previous year. It was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The Newbery Award thus became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country.
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This particular collection includes some notable winners of Newbery Medal and Honor Books from the year 1987 to 2012.


Because of Winn-Dixie (2000)

Written by Kate DiCamillo

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher father tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her absentee mother, and Opal makes lots of unusual friends in her quirky Florida town.

And because of Winn-Dixie, Opal grows to learn that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden storm. This book is recommended for preteens ages 9 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick Press/Random House. All rights reserved.)

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Kate DiCamillo is an American writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. Her first children's book, Because of Winn-Dixie, was a 2001 Newbery Honor Book and her second book, The Tiger Rising, was a National Book Award finalist. Kate DiCamillo was awarded the the 2004 Newbery Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature, for her novel The Tale of Despereaux. DiCamillo is also known for the Mercy Watson series of picture books, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

For more information on Kate DiCamillo and her works, visit her website at


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