Tucson Festival of Books

Winning the Newbery: A Life-Changing Experience


Winning the Newbery award for the best written book of the year in the U.S. is a major life accomplishment--but what happens after winning the award? Lois Lowery, Katherine Applegate, Linda Sue Park and Donna Barba Higuera talk about why they think their book won the award and how the award has influenced their careers as creators of books for children. Their Newbery books include "Number the Stars," "The Giver," "The One and Only Ivan," "A Single Chard" and "The Last Cuentista."


Panelists
Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the number one New York Times bestselling author of beloved and award-winning books for young readers, including "Home of the Brave," "Crenshaw," "Wishtree," "Willodeen," "Odder" and "The One and Only Ivan," for which she won the Newbery Medal....

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Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry has been awarded the Newbery Medal twice -- first for "Number the Stars," then for "The Giver." The author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series, she has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal and the Mark Twain Award....

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Donna Barba Higuera

Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels....

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Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner "A Single Shard" and the New York Times bestseller "A Long Walk to Water." Her most recent titles are "The One Thing You'd Save," a collection of linked poems, and "You Are Here: Connecting Flights....

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Books:
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate
Children / Teens
HarperCollins
January 2015
ISBN 9780061992278
336 pages

The Giver
Lois Lowry
Children / Teens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
January 2014
ISBN 9780544336261
225 pages

The Last Cuentista
Donna Barba Higuera
Children / Teens
Levine Querido
January 2021
ISBN 9781646140893
336 pages

A Single Shard
Linda Sue Park
Children / Teens
Sandpiper
June 2010
ISBN 9780547534268
152 pages

Number The Stars



ISBN 9780547577098