April 19, 2018

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Sharing the Newbery Love | Book Trailer Spotlight

Librarians looking to share the recent Newbery medal and honor titles with their students are in luck–these great videos featuring the medal winner and honor books are perfect for viewing in classrooms and libraries.

“Reading is the ultimate form of empathy,” says 2016 Newbery-medal winning author of Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Peña in this video featuring his novel The Living (Delacorte, 2013). The author talks about his difficulty connecting with books and reading as a kid and how he didn’t find a love of literature until college. Middle grade readers–especially those on the upper end of the tween spectrum–will want to check out the longer works by this talented writer.


And if you haven’t seen this short video of de la Peña reading aloud from Last Stop on Market Street, I dare you to keep a dry eye when Nana tells CJ, “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt…you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”


Newbery-honor winner Kimberly Brubaker Bradley discusses why she loves researching and writing historical fiction, comparing her novel Jefferson’s Sons (Dial, 2011) to The War That Saved My Life.


In this video hosted on the Scholastic site, Pam Muñoz Ryan discusses her 2016 Newbery-honor winning title, Echo.


This video, produced for Scholastic Book Fairs, not only has graphic novelist and Newbery-honor winning author/illustrator Victoria Jamieson talking about Roller Girl, but features her on the track, showing off a few of her own fierce derby skills.

Kiera Parrott About Kiera Parrott

Kiera Parrott is the reviews director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation.