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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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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