Today is the birthday of John Newbery. John Newbery was the first bookseller and publisher to make children’s books a specialty. He was born July 19, 1713. The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal annually to outstanding children’s books.
Summertime is a wonderful time to explore and enjoy a new book with your children. If you haven’t been to the library lately, then it’s time to visit and check out one of these great Newbery Award Winners.
2011 – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010 – When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009 – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008 – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007 – The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2006 – Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005 – Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004 – The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2003 – Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2002 – A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001 – A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
If you are looking for more free fun summer activities, then go to: 15 Free Fun Family Activities for Summer