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Newbery Challenge

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Hulstrom K-8 extends a challenge to our students to earn their own Newbery Medal! Students must read the books and fill out a response sheet for each title. Silver Medals will be awarded to those students who read and write responses for at least 25 titles and Gold Medals will be given to those who read and write responses for at least 40 titles. Students should complete their challenge within 3 years and responses must be submitted by the second week in April (to allow time for printing/engraving). Medals will be given at the end of year.

Submit Your Newberry Response Here

2018 Medal Winner - HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Click here for the list of Newbery Medal winners from 1922-present