Book Awards: Newbery Medal
- In identifying distinguished writing in a book for children:
- Committee members need to consider:
- Interpretation of the theme or concept.
- Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity
- Development of plot.
- Delineation of characters.
- Delineation of setting.
- Appropriateness of style.
Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered
will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect
to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book
should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of
the elements pertinent to it.
- Committee members must consider excellence of presentation
for a child audience.
- Each book is to be considered as a contribution to literature.
The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other
aspects of a book are to be considered only if they distract from
the text. Such other aspects might include illustrations, overall
design of the book, etc.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary
quality and quality of presentation for children. The award is not
for didactic intent or for popularity.
The preceding is adapted from the official
terms and criteria from ALSC.
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