Each January Rhode Island librarians gather to select a "mock" version of the Newbery award. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year.
On January 17, 2018 a group of 12 children's and school librarians selected the following winner and honor books:
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
On February 12, 2018 the Newbery Medal was awarded to Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly. Three Newbery Honor Books were also named: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James; Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds; Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson.
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