The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide: Making the Most of the Award in Your Work

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Celebrate a century of the Newbery Medal with this handy guide from ALSC!

This book digs in and explores where the distinguished award intersects with library work in a range of areas such as collection policy, advocacy, programming, EDI efforts, and censorship. Recognized experts in the fields of library service to youth, children’s literature, and education present strategies, guidance, and tips to support practitioners in making the most of the Newbery in their work. Inside, you’ll find

  • tips on using booklists, displays, mock elections, and "Bookstagramming" to promote the Newbery Award and the award winners;
  • perspective on the Newbery Medal at 100, examining where it fits in the history of children's literature and where children’s book publishing stands today in terms of racially diverse literature;
  • guidance to help you objectively and confidently deal with issues such as weeding award books and addressing controversies involving Newbery winners and honor books; 
  • strategies for leveraging the renown of the Newbery Award to advocate the value of libraries and library workers serving youth; and
  • time-saving programming and book group resources, including ready-made activities and discussion questions for dozens of Newbery titles.

Introduction: The Nuts and Bolts of the Newbery Award, by Steven Engelfried

Chapter 1    Weeding and Maintenance of Your Newbery Collection
Meeting the Needs and Interests of Your Library Community
Megan Schliesman

Chapter 2    The Newbery in a Changing World
The Recognition of Racially Diverse Literature
Jonda C. McNair and Jared S. Crossley

Chapter 3    Challenged and Banned Newbery Books
How to Address Challenges and Deal with Controversial Books
Pat R. Scales

Chapter 4    Extending the Story
Activities to Enrich Newbery Reads
Ramona Caponegro, Denise Dávila, Alpha DeLap, and Lora DeWalt

Chapter 5    Front and Center
Ideas for Promoting Your Newbery Book Collection
Kimberly Probert Grad

Chapter 6    Putting the Newbery to Work
Advocating for Youth Services Library Workers
Cassie Chenoweth

Conclusion: The Enduring Value of the Newbery Award, by Jamie Campbell Naidoo
About the Contributors

Laura Schulte-Cooper

Laura Schulte-Cooper is the program officer for communications for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. Its vision is for its members to engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children. For a century, ALSC members have carefully examined and discussed books published each year to recognize and honor the very best in children’s literature through its various awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Through its work and resources, ALSC supports librarians serving youth, families, teachers, literature experts, and child advocates.

"A usable, practical, and inspiring guide to keeping a venerable award current and alive for young people.”
— Booklist