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2009 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal honors the author making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, an annual award made by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The ALSC is a division of the American Library Association.

This year's winner is "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins Children's Books).

The ALSC also named four titles as Honor Books for 2009:

  • "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
  • "The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom" by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt and Company, LLC)
  • "Savvy" by Ingrid Law (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC)
  • "After Tupac and D Foster" by Jacqueline Woodson (G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers)


Access a list of past winners or learn more about this year's winners at the official Newbery Medal home page.

Source: American Library Association.

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