The Newbery Award is presented, each year, to "the most distinguished American children's book" by the American Library Association.
The medal was thought of by Fredrick G. Melcher in 1921. He got Rene Paul Chamberlain to design the medal. His idea was to"ecourage original creative work in the field of books for children." Thanks to him the Newbery was the first and is the oldest book award in the world.
Some of the things people in the awards commitee looks for in a book is: Interpretation of the theme or concept; Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization; Development of the plot; Description of the characters; Description of the setting; and correct use of style. They also have to take into consideration that the books have to be understood by children.
The Newbery Award was the the first and is the highest acclaimed book award in the world.
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