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July 19

Children's publisher John Newbery was born in 1713.

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Children's publisher John Newbery was born in 1713.

Grades 3 – 8
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John Newbery, an 18th-century English children's book publisher and seller, was born on July 19, 1713. The American Library Association's Newbery Medal, awarded to the most distinguished children's fiction book each year, honors Newbery's work.

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Your class can publish books and other documents just like Newbery. Have each student choose a book that is special-it could be a favorite book or a book that reminds him or her of something special-then write a short story about why the book was chosen and why it deserves special mention.

Using the Stapleless Book Planning Sheet, students can plan the pages of their own stories before entering the information in the Stapleless Book tool. For longer projects, students can use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.

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  • Newbery Medal Homepage

    The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal annually. This site includes information about the award, the application process, and a complete list of the distinguished books.

  • Page by Page: Creating a Children's Book

    This site, from Library and Archives Canada, describes the process of making a book from the time the writer gets the idea to the time that the book is sold and read by readers.

  • Making Books with Children: Free Projects

    This section of author Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's site includes instructions for such projects as making accordion books, index card books, wish scrolls, and stick and elastic band books.

  • The Newbery Video

    The Newbery Video, Part I written by Mona Kerby and funded by the International Reading Association highlights favorite Newbery Award books and authors. Authors include: Lloyd Alexander, Sharon Creech, Sid Fleischman, Karen Hesse, Lois Lowry, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Katherine Paterson, and Jerry Spinelli. Part 2 of the video continues the discussions with authors and includes student projects and commentary.

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Bright Morning: Exploring Character Development in Fiction

Students work as a class to explore a character in a book they have read by identifying traits and finding textual references to support their choices.

 

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Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy

Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs

Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students’ own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Demonstrating Comprehension Through Journal Writing

Students demonstrate comprehension by responding to open-ended questions based on the Newbery Honor book Mr. Popper's Penguins, and then draw from the text and their personal experiences to create journals.