How does a book get selected for a Newbery Medal?
My sister served on the award committee several years ago. Each
member of the committee receives a copy of every book that
qualifies, or is believed to qualify, for the award for that year.
The committee consists of educators and librarians from across the
US. My sister received over 400 books!
The first step is to eliminate any books that do not fit the
requirements. Each member then shares the books they feel are
worthy and a listing of all of the ones that people like is created
and the rest are eliminated. Then they all take time to carefully
review the books on the list and start narrowing it down to a
winner. They may also select a few Honor books for those that are
worthy of notice.