Newbery Medal 100th Anniversary Celebration

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/30/2021


Jordan Dubin

Awards Coordinator


CHICAGO — Join the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) in celebrating 100 years of the Newbery Medal!

The Newbery Medal was established in 1921 and first awarded in 1922 by the American Library Association (ALA).  Beginning in summer 2021 and continuing through 2022, ALSC a division of ALA, will roll out a slew of special Newbery-related events and activities to encourage widespread involvement in the celebration. A regularly updated outline of activities can be found on the Newbery 100th Anniversary webpage.

ALSC will bring back the popular The Newbery Medal: Past, Present, and Future online course this summer, with additional Newbery-specific continuing education opportunities to be offered through Annual Conference 2022. There will also be an online gallery highlighting Newbery history, a special issue of Children and Libraries, and more!

The celebration will culminate at ALA Annual Conference in 2022, including events specifically devoted to the Newbery’s milestone Anniversary. Check the Newbery 100th Anniversary webpage and follow the ALSC blog, Facebook, and Twitter for updates as our celebration unfolds.

Join the fun on social media by using #Newbery100 to share your favorite Newbery books, authors, trivia, stories, and memories. Exclusive Newbery merchandise is now available at the ALA Graphics Gift Shop! As the celebration continues, products featuring original work from beloved children’s illustrators will become available.

“ALSC is thrilled to commemorate the centennial of our oldest award,” said ALSC President Kirby McCurtis, “which continues to grow and evolve to reflect the wide range of stories and voices available for today’s youth. We hope that readers of all ages will join in celebrating the impact of children’s literature and the connections we make to those special books with a Newbery seal on the cover.”

For questions, please contact Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force Chair Susan Polos (

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is driven by 4,000 members dedicated to the support and enrichment of library service to children. Our members include youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty. ALSC supports its members in engaging communities to build healthy, successful, futures for all children. To learn more about ALSC and how to join, please visit our website at