A Graphic Novel Makes History as First JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL Winner

The Newbery Medal
Credit: American Library Association
Credit: Jerry Craft (HarperCollins)

Jerry Craft's New Kid graphic novel has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literatur in 2020. This is the first time a comic has won this honor. This accolade was revealed as part of a larger Youth Media Awards ceremony at the American Library Association's Mid-Winter meeting.

Since 1922, the Newberry Medal has been awarded annual by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." It is named after the 18th century.

New Kid also won the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award in the same ceremony, honoring African-American authors/illustrations for "outstanding books for children and young adults."

Back in October, Craft's New Kid also won the Kirkus Prize.

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