John Newbery Medal Winning and Honored Books

The Newbery Medal or Honor Seal

First awarded in 1922, The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. Virginia Hamilton, in 1975, was the first African American writer to win the medal. As of 2021, five African American writers have won the medal and 27 have been honored. Approximately a third of these honors were bestowed in the last 5 years. Learn more about this award at the ALA Website.

Below are the Newbery Winning and Honored books which were written by, or about, people of African descent.


2 Books Honored with The Newbery Medal or Honor in 1993

1993 – Newbery Honor

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales Of The Supernatural
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780679890065
Imprint: Yearling
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Book Description: 
In that special half-hour of twilight—the dark-thirty—there are stories to be told. Mesmerizing, suspenseful, and breathtakingly original, these tales make up a heart-stopping collection of lasting value, a book not quickly forgotten.

1993 – Newbery Honor

Somewhere In The Darkness
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780545055772
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Book Description: 
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Jimmy hasn’t seen his father in nine years. But one day he comes back — on the run from the law. Together, the two of them travel across the country — where Jimmy’s dad will find the man who can exonerate him of the crime for which he was convicted. Along the way, Jimmy discovers a lot about his father and himself — and that while things can’t always be fixed, sometimes they can be understood and forgiven.

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