The Newbery Companion: Booktalks and Related Materials for Newbery Medal and Honor Books

The Newbery Companion: Booktalks and Related Materials for Newbery Medal and Honor Books

by John T. Gillespie, Corinne J. Naden
     
 

Combining in a single volume a wealth of information that until now was scattered in different sources, this treasury highlights the books that have been awarded the most prestigious annual prize for children's literature in the United States-the Newbery. Arranged chronologically from 1922 to 1996, entries expand on the brief plot outlines usually given, update

Overview

Combining in a single volume a wealth of information that until now was scattered in different sources, this treasury highlights the books that have been awarded the most prestigious annual prize for children's literature in the United States-the Newbery. Arranged chronologically from 1922 to 1996, entries expand on the brief plot outlines usually given, update data to the present, suggest how the books can be introduced to young readers, and list an author's other titles. Detailed plot summaries describe the themes and subjects of the books, cite incidents for booktalking, recommend related titles, and provide background information about the books and authors that includes sources for additional information. Honor books (the runner-ups) are described in brief plot summaries (some reprinted from R.R. Bowker's Juniorplots series). A history of the award and a discussion of the award process are also included in this invaluable work.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Chris Crowe
Wow. I wish I had had this book last semester to use in my adolescent literature course. Gillespie and Naden have combined in a single volume a comprehensive review of all the Newbery Medal and Honor Books from 1922 (the first) to 1996, with very helpful supplementary information on each work. The introduction gives a history of John Newbery, his career, and the genesis of the Newbery award. The rest of the book follows a consistent format for the Medal books: bibliographic data; author biography; a plot summary; themes and subjects covered in the book; scenes from the book suitable for booktalks; related titles; and reference sources on both the author and the book. Brief but detailed plot summaries of the Honor Books follow each Medal Book entry. The entries are arranged chronologically, grouped in "chapters" by decade. The book is both inviting and user-friendly. The chronological organization makes it easy to find entries, but for those with faulty memories about publication dates or exact titles, the authors have included three separate indexes-author, title, and subject-that simplify locating specific books. The plot summaries are clearly written with plenty of specific detail. Of the supplementary information, I found "Incidents for Booktalking" and "Related Titles" most interesting. The booktalking tips give a brief reference to a scene followed by the page numbers where it can be found. The related titles are, in most cases, recent works that dovetail nicely with the featured book. This book is a wonderful classroom and library resource, one that will help students find information about books they've already read as well as lead them to other books worth reading. Index. Biblio.
Booknews
Lists in chronological order the winners of the esteemed Newberry Medal for children's fiction beginning in the year 1922 and ending with 1996. For each year in which a prize was awarded, a detailed plot summary of the winning story is provided, along with identification of themes and subjects, incidents for talking about the books, related titles, information about the book and author, and a brief plot summary for each of the year's Honor Books. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563083563
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/1996
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.36(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN T. GILLESPIE is former Dean and Instructor of Library Science at Long Island University, New York. He has authored numerous books in areas of library management, school libraries, and children's and young adult literature.

CORINNE J. NADEN is a freelance writer and editor based in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and has published more than 30 books.

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