2013 Newbery Award

book jacket of One and Only Ivan

The 2013 Newbery Medal was awarded to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Inspired by a true story, this wonderful work of fiction celebrates friendship and hope and resonates with animal lovers everywhere. Click here to view a book trailer and to learn more about the real Ivan.

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year 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.

Check out The One and Only Ivan and let us know what you think of the book. You can also read and post reviews about what children's books you are reading on the Books to Hoot About book blog.

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My son is 6 years old and I

My son is 6 years old and I decided to try reading a chapter book to him. I picked out The One and Only Ivan because it sounded like a neat story. While I was reading it to him, I was worried that at times it was too descriptive to keep a 6 year old's attention. I also thought at times, the subject matter was too mature for him to grasp as well. At one point, I asked him if he wanted to continue reading on, and he said he did. Turns out I didn't need to worry about these things. He was telling others about the book in great detail and was excited to sit down and listen to it every night. We both thought it was a wonderful story, especially since we both love animals. He liked it so much that he wants to listen to another chapter book. So it was a success! Amanda F Little Chute WI

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