The American Library Association has announced that Last Stop on Market Street author Matt de la Peña is the winner of the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Throughout his career, de la Peña has written six young adult novels, 2 middle grade novels, and two picture books.
Last Stop on Market Street features illustrations created by Christian Robinson. Robinson earned a Caldecott Honor for this picture book.
We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. In addition to the newest winner of the Newbery Medal, the organization has also revealed that Finding Winnie illustrator Sophie Blackall has won the Randolph Caldecott Medal, Bone Gap author Laura Ruby has won the Michael L. Printz Award, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda author Becky Albertalli has won the William C. Morris Award, and Boy Meets Boy author David Levithan has won the Margaret A. Edwards Award. Follow this link to access free samples from last year’s pool of Youth Media Award winners.
Free Samples of the ALA Youth Media Award Recognized Books
Newbery Medal Winner
Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Newbery Honor Winners
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan