2014 Newbery Award Winners

January 28th, 2014 by

newbery-medalIt’s awards season! That means around this time of year, celebrities dress up, walk the red carpet, give out awards, and get awards. Well, the 2014 Newbery Medal and Honor books were announced yesterday, so the biggest celebrities in OUR lives — books and authors — got some pretty big awards yesterday!

Check out the 2014 Newbery Medal and Honor Winners (given to books published in 2013):

Newbery Medal Winner
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

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Newbery Honorees

Check out this (totally imaginary) acceptance speech the Medalist gave at the book awards ceremony:

Announcer: “And the Newbery Medal goes to… Flora and Ulysses, The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo!”

Flora and Ulysses hops off the shelf and onto a convenient push-cart that wheels it down the red carpet and up to the podium (after all, books do not have feet).

“Wow…

*laughs nervously*

It’s such an honor to receive this award! Well, first I’d like to thank my author and illustrator, Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell — you two are amazing! I’m so lucky to have your words and illustrations on my pages.

Oh, and I’d like to thank Candlewick Press, who published me and got me into bookstores and libraries! Thank you for believing in me!

It’s such an honor to be up here with the other honorees, like Billy Miller and Paperboy and One Came Home and Doll Bones!  Whenever I talk to Doll Bones I get the chills, ha ha! There were also so many other new books last year that were so amazing! You know who you are!

Oh and speaking of my peers… I see last year’s winner, The One and Only Ivan, in the crowd — you are such an inspiration, Ivan! And of course, I want to give a shout-out to my siblings…

*looks out into the crowd and sees The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane*

You might think being a new book in a family full of award winners would be daunting, but they always taught me to be myself — a story about a girl and her superheroed squirrel. I’m about one of the most important things a book can teach: friendship!

Also, I want to say to my little chapter book siblings, Bink and Gollie and Mercy Watson: You better be in bed by now!

*music starts to play*

Oh no! They’re playing me off the stage! Thank you! Thank you and good night!”

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