Table of Contents: May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial

Cover (c) 2022 by Grace Lin.



Family Memories of Frederic G. Melcher by Sue Melcher
Beginning at the beginning: remembering the founder of the Newbery Award.

From Trend to Norm by Linda Sue Park
“The numbers clearly demonstrate that things are changing for the better, with Newbery books becoming more welcoming, more inclusive, more loving, of readers from all backgrounds.”

An Interview with Ginny Moore Kruse by Nina Lindsay
A member of the final joint Newbery/Caldecott committee and the chair of the first separate Newbery committee reflects on her experiences.

A Fascinating Term as 2021 Newbery Chair by Jonda C. McNair
On the challenges and rewards of chairing a virtual Newbery committee during a pandemic.

Hitty Preble, Public Person by Kathleen T. Horning
The 1930 Newbery winner, and its doll protagonist, caused a sensation.

Black Girlhood and Newbery Winners by Nicholl Denice Montgomery
Only two Black women have won the Newbery Medal — and why that matters.

The Newbery and Art by Julie Danielson
On the role of illustration in an award for text.

A Place for Poetry by Sylvia Vardell
...but do the criteria support it?

The Book That Made Me Hate the Newbery by Jocelyn Van Tuyl
Looking back on a childhood reading of a problematic Newbery title.




Newbery Forever? by Kathleen T. Horning, Consulting Editor
“Times change, and literature changes with them.”

A Letter to Readers     

A Distinguished Past, Present, and Future by Susan H. Polos
Welcome from ALSC’s John Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force.

After the Call
Twenty-five authors on what winning the Newbery meant to them, presented in chronological order.

Love Letters by Susan Cooper

The Newbery’s Gifts by Katherine Paterson

Dazzled and Honored by Cynthia Voigt

Sarah, Then and Now by Patricia MacLachlan

Heavy Medals by Lois Lowry

Anybody Need a Writer? by Jerry Spinelli

An Unseen Talisman by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Everything Is Possible by Sharon Creech

Blooming at Last by Karen Cushman

A Healthy, Flourishing Weed by Karen Hesse

A Cure for the Flu by Avi

Impossible, Wonderful Things by Kate DiCamillo

Star Charts by Cynthia Kadohata

The Big Yes by Lynne Rae Perkins

Newbery Kerfuffle by Susan Patron

Good Things by Neil Gaiman

Stories in a Bottle by Clare Vanderpool

What Would Miss Volker Say? by Jack Gantos

A Chance to Take Root by Katherine Applegate

The Luckiest Guy in the World by Matt de la Peña

On the Bookmark by Erin Entrada Kelly

A Literary Life by Meg Medina

I Get It Now by Jerry Craft

Nothing Short of Life-Changing by Tae Keller

Something Magical by Donna Barba Higuera

Newbery Knowledge
by Kathleen T. Horning
Trivia about Newbery Award winners.

  • At the Banquet
  • About the Authors
  • All in the Family



Book Reviews



May/June Starred Books


“After the Call” Contributor Notes

Index to Advertisers

Index to Books Reviewed


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