Minneapolis author wins Newbery Medal for The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Minneapolis author Kelly Barnhill has been named the winner of the John Newbery Medal for her bestseller "The Girl Who Drank the Moon." The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to the author of  “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

“The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is a fairy tale about an abandoned baby raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a tiny dragon who must unlock her magical powers.

About the book
Source: Algonquin Young Readers

Other notable awards

The American Library Association on Monday also honored Rep. John Lewis with 4 prizes for "March: Book Three," the last in his series about his civil-rights activism and the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for young people’s literature.

The Caldecott Medal for best picture book was given to author-illustrator Javaka