The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. Additional information about the award can be found here.
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