This is the first Saturday of the month which means that it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, the book challenge, hosted by Kate from “Books are My Favourite and Best“.
This is such a fascinating challenge and one I am always eager to begin and follow the search for connected books. The fun is in the search for connections and each chain that is created is always so different.
The starting point for us this round is to begin with Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. This beloved author died recently (March 25th) at the age of 104. She left behind a treasure trove of books for young people. Ramona was one of her greatest characters.
Cleary received many awards for her books, including The Newbery Medal as well as Newbery Honors for her books.
From Wikipedia: “The John Newbery Medal, frequently shortened to the Newbery, is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”.
All the books I’ve chosen are connected to the Newberry awards in some way.
1st Degree: Cleary did receive the Newbery Honor award for one of her Ramona books – Ramona and Her Father in 1978.
2nd Degree: The winner of the Newbery Medal that year was Katherine Paterson for her book Bridge to Terabithia.
3rd Degree Cleary did receive the Newbery Medal for her book Dear Mr. Henshaw in 1984.
4th Degree: This led me to another author, Kate DiCamillo, who received both a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor for her books. (She is one of my favourite authors and I read most of her books to my students when I was teaching) Her first award was an honor award for her book Because of Winn Dixie.
5th Degree: This led to her Newbery Medal for A Tale of Despereaux in 2004
6th Degree: Nine years later, in 2013, DiCamillo would once again win the Newbery Medal for her book Flora and Ulysses.
I began with Beverly Cleary and ended with Kate DiCamillo, both authors who have won many awards, including the Newbery Medal and Honor awards for their books.
Next month (June 5, 2021), we’ll start with the winner of the 2021 Stella Prize, The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld.