2021 Newbery Award


Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of the year, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery to the books deemed the most outstanding contributions to children's literature. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Newbery Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2021 Newbery Medal Winner

When you trap a tiger by Tae Keller
Also available in: e-audiobook | large print

When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.

2021 Newbery Honor Books

Also available in: audiobook

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water?

Box : Henry Brown mails himself to freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
Also available in: e-video

Retells in verse form the story of Henry Brown, an enslaved man who escaped from Virginia by having himself enclosed in a wooden box and shipped to freedom in Philadelphia.

Fighting words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Depending on an older sister who protected her when their mother went to prison and their mother's boyfriend committed a terrible act, 10-year-old Della tries to figure out what to do when her older sister attempts suicide.

We dream of space by Erin Entrada Kelly
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.

A wish in the dark by Christina Soontornvat

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.