Oh The Horror! Neil Gaiman Wins Newbury Award

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Neil Gaiman has received the top prize for children's literature: The John Newbery Medal.
"I am so wonderfully befuddled,” the best-selling author said Monday after winning the 88th annual Newbery for “The Graveyard Book,” a spooky, but (he says) family friendly story about a boy raised by a vampire, a werewolf and a witch.

“I never really thought of myself as a Newbery winner. It's such a very establishment kind of award, in the right kind of way, with the world of librarians pointing at the book saying, ‘This is worthy of the ages.’ And I'm so very used to working in, and enjoying working in, essentially the gutter.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gaiman on his book tour and it was very unique for he read a chapter from the book at each stop on his tour and then he had it video taped. Keplers book store did an amazing job of setting up the stage. They placed a comfy chair and end table filled with water, a beautiful lamp and a black crow. They also placed mock headstones enscribed with the book's characters surrounding his chair. It was an amazing night, because Mr. Gaiman has a beautiful reading voice and it soothed the audience as he left us entranced by the story. If you have not read this book yet, then I suggest you do so immediately. This story is simply brilliant, beautiful and haunting. It will leaving you wanting for more of Bod and his otherwordly friends.

4 comments on "Oh The Horror! Neil Gaiman Wins Newbury Award"

Okie wrote: January 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Yeah...I saw his name in the list and wasn't quite sure what to think. I haven't read much by him but I've liked what I've read...I just never considered it for kids, or Newbury material.

The award makes me curious about his Graveyard Book so I'm sure I'll check it out. I'm still a little nervous to hand it over sight unseen to my kids based on some of his other work...but I trust that the Newbury folks won't put their stamp of approval on anything potentially offensive/disturbing to younger kids.

We shall see.


The Ravenous Reader wrote: January 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Yes, I can understand that. I did find the material a bit dark and scary for kids. I really enjoyed the book, but think it is a story better suited for teens on up. Read it and see what you think :)


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APRIL

STACEY LEE
Teen Writers Group
at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Sunday, April 24 @2pm

RENEE AHDIEH with SABAA TAHIR
Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Thursday, April 28 @ 7pm

MAY

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00pm(noon)

SARAH MLYNOWSKI

Copperfield's in Petaluma
Sunday, May 1 @ 3pm

SARAH MLYNOWSKI

Pleasanton Library
Monday, May 2 @ 5pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Redwood City Library RSVP HERE
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

MORGAN MATSON with SIOBHAN VIVIAN AND SUSANNE YOUNG
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

LAUREN MYRACLE

Copperfield's in Petaluma
Wednesday, May 4 @ 4pm

SARAH J. MAAS in conversation with EVELYN SKYE

This is a ticketed event
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF with MICHAEL GRANT
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Wednesday, May 4 @ 6pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL and JEFF ZENTNER
A Great Good Place for Books
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm

LEOPOLDO GOUT
Copperfields in Petaluma
Friday, May 6 @ 4pm

JESSICA TAYLOR Release Party
Barnes and Noble in Roseville
Saturday, May 7 @ 2pm

WENDY SPINALE Book Launch

Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Monday, May 9 @ 6pm

EVELYN SKYE in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 17 @ 7pm


WENDY SPINALE
Hickelbee's in San Jose
Friday, May 20 @7pm

LILY ANDERSON
Great Good Place for Books
Saturday, May 21 @ 7pm

STACEY LEE Launch Party
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 @ 7pm


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BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL
June 4&5 in downtown Berkeley
Julie Buxbaum
Gail Carriger
Veronica Rossi
Daniel Handler
Stephanie Keuhn
Stacey Lee
Caroline Paul
Wendy MacNaughton
Lauren Myracle
Alyson Noel
Yvonne Prinz
Jason Reynolds
Evelyn Skye
Wendy Spinale
V.E. Schwab
Nicola Yoon

BRODI ASHTON, CYNTHIA HAND, and JODI MEADOWS (My Lady Jane)
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 8 @ 7pm

JENNIFER LYNN BARNES, TIFFANY SCHMIDT and TARA ALTEBRANDO
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 9 @ 7pm RSVP Here

STACEY LEE

Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Friday, June 10 @ 7pm

WENDY SPINALE
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Friday, June 10 @ 6pm

WENDY SPINALE
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 17 @ 6pm


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