Jennie Law and Marcy Cornell just can’t get enough of books, especially Newbery books. They have begun interviewing Newbery authors (those who have been awarded medals and honors) and the two educators are posting their interviews and discussions on podcasts called “Newbery Tart.”

My 43-minute interview with them can be found here.

Their 30-minute discussion of PAPERBOY can be found here.

As an interviewee, it’s always easy to tell how closely the interviewer has read the book. Jennie and March had certainly done their homework. Their questions were interesting and insightful, such as why I chose to tell my story through fiction rather than a memoir, but I mostly enjoyed the podcast of their discussion of the book; just the two of them going back and forth in a kind of a free-for-all.

I would say the podcasts are aimed mainly at teachers and adult readers of the Newbery books, which certainly appeals to me. I think I have just as many adult readers and young readers, maybe more.

The Newbery Medal, named for British bookseller John Newbery, has been awarded each year since 1922 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. A small number of books (usually 1 to 3) are also given “honors” each year. Approximately 400 books have made the Newbery list in its 96-year existence.


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