January may be a long, windy, cold month, but it is also a month held dear by all those who love children's literature.  January is the month when the American Library Association announces its Newbery medal and Newbery honor books.  As a fourth grade teacher I always read aloud Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis in January and had my students all read a Newbery Medal or Honor book of their choice to get them excited about this prestigious award. 

Now that I am the Hampden Meadows School media specialist, I want to share that excitement with all the students and staff.  I've been searching the HMS online catalog and library to pull any Newbery medal or honor books from the shelves to display this month.  It turns out we have a pretty hefty collection!  Mrs. Austin did a fantastic job making sure we were well stocked with award winning literature!

First of all, according to the ALA website:

"In 1921 Frederic G.Melcher had the Newbery Medal designed by René Paul Chambellan. The bronze medal has the winner's name and the date engraved on the back."
"The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested that it be named for the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians, and Melcher's official proposal was approved by the ALA Executive Board in 1922. In Melcher's formal agreement with the board, the purpose of the Newbery Medal was stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."

"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."

"From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books were referred to as Newbery or Caldecott "runners-up." In 1971 the term "runners-up" was changed to "honor books." The new terminology was made retroactive so that all former runners-up are now referred to as Newbery or Caldecott Honor Books."

Here are some interesting Newbery facts:
  • The Newbery Medal is named after an 18th century bookseller named John Newbery, so there is only one R when you spell it
  • The first Newbery Medal winner was The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon in 1922 (We don't have a copy in the HMS Library but you can put it in your Amazon cart for a mere $8.99) 
  • The oldest Newbery Medal winner in the HMS Library is The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes from 1924!
  • In the years 1923, 1924, and 1927 there are no Honor Books recorded.
  • Only authors who are citizens or residents of the United States can win this award (sorry J.K. Rowling fans)
  • The Newbery committee considers all types of writing- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (we'll look at examples of each)
  • The Newbery committee only considers books that are written in English
  • The committee considers a child audience up to the age of 14 (therefore, some content may be too advanced for our fourth and fifth grade readers)
  • There are only eight Newbery Medal titles you won't find housed in the Fiction shelves:
1925 Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger -South American folktale collection (300s)

Sorry, we do not have a copy at HMS.

1934 Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs- Biography

1938 The White Stag by Kate Seredy- legend of the origins of Magyar migration (300s)

1951 Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates- Biography

1956 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham- Biography

1988 Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman- Biography

1989 Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman- (800s)

2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz- (800s)
The 2008 Newbery Medal winner  Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz is actually 22 brief monologues to be read aloud by children (call number: 812 SCH)

1993 Medal winner Missing May by Cynthia Rylant is author Barbara O'Connor's favorite book

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater was a 1939 Newbery Honor book.  The movie version starring Jim Carrey came out in 2011.  I guess it proves that the titles chosen can stand the test of time.

Laura Ingalls Wilder rocks the literary world with five Newbery Honor books: On the Banks of Plum Creek, 1938, By the Shores of Silver Lake, 1940, The Long Winter, 1941, Little Town on the Prairie, 1942, and These Happy Golden Years, 1944 (ask your parents about the popular "Little House on the Prairie" television series that ran from 1974-1983  based on her books...32 years after those books were published)

Other multiple title Newbery award winning authors in this exclusive club (click on names to get  more info): Lloyd Alexander, Avi, Beverly Cleary, Sharon Creech, Christopher Paul Curtis, Karen Cushman, Alice Dalgliesh, Marguerite de Angeli, Kate DiCamillo, Eleanor Estes, Nancy Farmer, Rachel Field, Paul Fleischman, Genevieve Foster, Paula Fox, Russell Freedman, Patricia Reilly Giff, Virginia Hamilton, Marguerite Henry, Agnew Hewes, Jennifer Holm, Clara Ingram Judson, E.L. Konigsburg, Madeleine L'Engle, Lois Lenski, Lois Lowry, Cornelia Meigs, Walter Dean Myers, Jim Murphy, Scott O'Dell, Anne Parrish, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Richard Peck, Ellen Raskin, Cynthia Rylant, Laura Amy Schlitz, Gary D. SchmidtZilpha Keatley Snyder, Elizabeth George Speare, Jerry Spinelli, Cynthia Voigt, Jacqueline Woodson, Laurence Yep, and Ella Young (my apologies if I have inadvertently left anyone off this list)

Newbery Medals and Honors (as well as numerous other children's book awards) will be announced on the morning of  Monday, January 27th at the ALA Midwinter Meeting being held in Philadelphia.  

I've listed the winners from 2013-1980 below. 
How many have you read?
Are there any you'd like to put on your "To Read" list?
Are there any books you cannot believe were not picked?  I, for instance, still cannot believe that Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan didn't get an award in 2001.  How did the committee look that one over?!
I hope you have at least half as much fun reading this as I did preparing it!  It has certainly given me a chance to get to know our HMS Library collection more deeply.  

Happy Reading,
Mrs. Roy

2013 Medal Winner: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Honor Books:
  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

2012 Medal Winner: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Honor Books:
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

2011 Medal Winner: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Honor Books:
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
  • *Dark Emporer and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman (HMS does not have this)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

2010 Medal Winner: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Honor Books:
  • *Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose (HMS does not have this)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

2009 Medal Winner: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Honor Books:
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  • *The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (HMS does not have this)
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

2008 Medal Winner: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schiltz
Honor Books:
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

2007 Medal Winner: *The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (HMS does not have this)
Honor Books:
  • Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

2006 Medal Winner: *Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (HMS does not have this)
Honor Books:
  • Whittington by Alan Armstrong
  • *Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (HMS does not have this)
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

2005 Medal Winner: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Honor Books:
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

2004 Medal Winner: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Honor Books:
  • Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • *An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (HMS does not have this)

2003 Medal Winner: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Honor Books:
  • *The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (HMS does not have this)
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • *A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin (HMS does not have this)

2002 Medal Winner: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Honor Books:
  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  • *Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (HMS does not have this)

2001 Medal Winner: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Honor Books:
  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

2000 Medal Winner: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Honor Books:
  • *Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis (HMS does not have this)
  • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

1999 Medal Winner: Holes by Louis Sachar
Honor Book:
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

1998 Medal Winner: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Honor Books:
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

1997 Medal Winner: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Honor Books:
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • Moorchild by Eloise McGraw
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • *Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White (HMS does not have this)

1996 Medal Winner: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Honor Books:
  • *What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman (HMS does not have this)
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • *Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner (HMS does not have this)
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

1995 Medal Winner: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Honor Books:
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

1994 Medal Winner: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Honor Books:
  • *Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie (HMS does not have this)
  • *Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep (HMS does not have this)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

1993 Medal Winner: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
Honor Books:
  • *What Hearts by Bruce Brooks (HMS does not have this)
  • The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack
  • *Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers (HMS does not have this)

1992 Medal Winner: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Honor Books:
  • Nothing But the Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman

1991 Medal Winner: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Honor Book:
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

1990 Medal Winner: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Honor Books:
  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
  • *Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (HMS does not have this)
  • The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen

1989 Medal Winner: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Honor Books:
  • In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton
  • *Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers (HMS does not have this)

1988 Medal Winner: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Honor Books:
  • *After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer (HMS does not have this)
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

1987 Medal Winner: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Honor Books:
  • *A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant (HMS does not have this)
  • On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber

1986 Medal Winner: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Honor Books:
  • Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (952 B)
  • Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

1985 Medal Winner: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Honor Books:
  • *Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes (HMS does not have this)
  • *The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (HMS does not have this)
  • One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

1984 Medal Winner: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Honor Books:
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • *A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt (HMS does not have this)
  • Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky (633.3 LAS)
  • The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain

1983 Medal Winner: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Honor Books:
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • *Dr DeSoto by William Steig (HMS does not have this)
  • *Graven Images by Paul Fleischman (HMS does not have this)
  • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  • *Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

1982 Medal Winner: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (811 WIL)
Honor Books:
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal (BIOGRAPHY SIE)

1981 Medal Winner: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Honor Books:
  • The Fledgling by Jane Langton
  • *A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle (HMS does not have this)

1980 Medal Winner: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
Honor Book:
  • *The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian (HMS does not have this)

For a complete list of Newbery Medal and Honor books spanning from 1922-present go to ALA.
Quick, you have a very short amount of time to enter a contest from the author of Wonder.  She is looking for a postcard from you that could be part of her next book!  Here are the details. Postcard entries are due by next Friday, December 20th.  Good luck!

Students were very excited to see a familiar face as they entered the library this week!  Although Mrs. Barbara Rix, the district technology teacher, retired in June we have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with her this quarter.  

The first item on our "To Do" list is making sure kids learn how to type.  We are using an online program that is very comprehensive.  To begin the lessons we focused on proper hand formation on the home keys.  A fun hint Mrs. Rix taught the children is that their pointer fingers will sit on the F and the J keys which always have a bump to let your fingers know they are in proper formation.  We also focused on correct posture to avoid back and neck fatigue.  Children should be sitting with both legs under the table, with their chair pulled in, and the keyboard close to the edge.  Elbows should be in and thumbs should rest lightly on the space bar.  One of the toughest parts is stretching that pinky finger to reach the enter and 

Each lesson has an introduction movie, practice exercises, a speed drill, and then a report.  The report's first line (average words per minute) gives students immediate feedback on their progress.  This program does not tally errors. 
The link to the site we are currently using is Glencoe. It requires Adobe Shockwave.  Students are encouraged to practice at home as well.  The link to this keyboarding site can be found on our library homepage at ricat.net. 

The goal is that every HMS student will be able to type 11 words per minute with 3 or fewer errors by the end of the school year. 
Last weekend I had the exciting opportunity to go to the American Association of School Librarians conference to learn the latest and greatest in the profession.  I learned so much and have so many ideas to take back to the Hampden Meadows Library. If you are interested in reading notes from the sessions, feel free to read below.
Students have been requesting new series and additions to series this month.  This picture is showing about 2/3 of our new additions to the HMS Library collection.  Check out the book trailers for some of the series below.

The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes out next Tuesday, November 5th.  Hampden Meadows Library has several books coming our way on the release date. Here is the trailer:
Dan Santat completely exceeded our expectations today.  He was funny, kind, and like a big kid.  He first met with our budding artists in the library during third lunch for a "meet and greet."

Dan was very impressed with Sophie's talent.  It was a dream come true for Sophie to get to talk to him!
Dan talked art, rainbow loom bracelets, and Minecraft among other topics with our artistic crew.  He showed his sketch book to the kids. 
Dan was very low-maintenance and graciously ate the cafeteria lunch (even sharing some with a student). 
Dan kept the crowd riveted as he talked of his childhood and what led him to the career he enjoys so much.  His advice to the kids was "find something you love to do in life." 
Writers Anastasia and Thomas interviewed Dan for the Barrington Times Kids' Corner after the assemblies.  
Dan gave us a sneak peek of his upcoming book inspired by the birth of his first child. 
Dan wrapped up his afternoon at HMS on a silly note.  It was so much fun to have him visit! Many thanks to the HMS PTO for making a special event like this happen for the students!
I don't know how the kids of Hampden Meadows are feeling but I'm getting nervous and excited to meet Dan Santat tomorrow.  I'm not sure if I'll sleep tonight.  I hear that he's very funny.  We all know he is super talented.  HMS students voted Sidekicks as their RI Children's Book Award winner in February.  We can't keep our copies of Sidekicks on the library shelves.  
Barrington Books just announced that after Dan Santat leaves HMS he is going straight to the book store for a half hour book signing.  Wow!  So many opportunities for the children of Barrington to meet an extremely talented author and illustrator!

Here is Dan Santat's website.

Kate Messner is one of the authors who will be at the RI Children's Book Festival this upcoming Saturday, October 19th.  She gave  hardcover books and festival passes to 20 lucky Hampden Meadows students on Friday. 
Kate Messner's book titled Capture the Flag is about three children stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport during a snowstorm.  They find themselves among many strange characters when they find out that the flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" has gone missing.  Will they find the thief in the airport? 

A morning announcement was made about Kate Messner's free giveaway on Friday and I got swamped with entries from eager students.

The best part of the week was delivering books to the lucky winners in their classrooms!

To learn more about Kate Messner, check out her website

Our 20 winners will surely have more to tell after meeting Kate at her book signing on October 19th!
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to meet famous authors and illustrators in our own back yard!  On Saturday, October 19th Lincoln School on the East Side will host authors and illustrators from 9am to 5:30pm.  For a mere $5 admission fee, you'll have the opportunity to hear them give half hour talks as well as have books signed (if you don't bring your own book, they'll have plenty for sale).  For a complete schedule click here.

Dan Santat, last year's RI Children's Book Award winner for Sidekicks, happens to be coming in from California a few days early which is why Hampden Meadows has the unique opportunity to have him visit our school on Thursday, October 17th.  Special thanks to the HMS PTO for supporting this incredible event.

Any of my former fourth graders know how much I enjoy the odd humor of Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler.  For years I read The Austere Academy aloud to get children hooked on the Series of Unfortunate Events.  I think I like how the children are so smart and resourceful and the adults are so dim.  I also like that knowledge and kindness triumph over greediness and evil. 
Lemony Snicket will be at the book festival and I'm so excited to finally hear him speak in person!  He has a new series All the Wrong Questions that he will surely talk about.
I hope to see you all there!