Summer Reading: Newbery Medal-Winning Books for Kids

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Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes an outstanding work of children's literature by awarding it with the Newbery Medal. The award takes its name from John Newbery, a bookseller from the 18th century who reportedly "invented" children's literature. The idea behind the award? The ALA aims to recognize the value of children's literature and reiterate the importance of encouraging kids to read. 

In 1922, The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon became the first children's book to ever receive the Newbery Medal. Every year since, the list of Newbery Medal-winning books has grown, and features everything from Holes by Louis Sachar and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech to The Giver by Lois Lowry and Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw. So, if you're looking to curate a great summer reading list for the children, grandchildren or students in your life, here are some of the most recent — and compelling — Newbery Medal winners, all of which are must-read books.