37: A Single Shard

In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. (Age recommendation for this book is ages 7 and up.)

Links related to this episode:

Linda Sue Park’s website

Pictures of the original celadon pottery that inspired the pieces mentioned in A Single Shard including the “ThousandCranes Vase”

Linda Sue Park on winning a Newbery Medal

Wikipedia page on Linda Sue Park

Extend your reading experience:

Clay Pinch Pot Tutorial by Unschooled Art – Video on YouTube

Visit a local Korean restaurant for dinner and try some yummy Korean dishes! Or if you love to cook, check out these YouTube channels:

Asian at Home

Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi

Future Neighbor

If you have HBO Max, check out The Great Pottery Throw Down. (Mandy describes it like the Great British Baking Show but with pottery.)

Our favorite pottery accounts on Instagram:

Charis Cook Pottery (@chariscookpottery)

Illyria Pottery (@illyriapottery)

Other books by Linda Sue Park:

Archer’s Quest (Middle Grade)

Bee-bim Bop! (Picture book with a recipe in the back!)

The Firekeeper’s Son (Picture book)

A Long Walk to Water (Middle Grade)

Nya’s Long Walk (Picture book)

Prairie Lotus (Middle Grade)

Seesaw Girl (Middle Grade)

Xander’s Panda Party (Picture book)

Children’s books about Korean culture:

Picture Books

Tiny Feet Between the Mountains by Hanna Cha

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale Retold by Yumi Heo

Kimchi, Kimchi Every Day by Erica Kim

Mommy’s Hometown by Hope Lim, illustrated by Jaime Kim

A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts, illustrated by Hyewon Yum

Grandpa Across the Ocean by Hyewon Yum

Middle Grade

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal)

Mandy’s pick for our next book:

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

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Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/

Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

And look for each of us on Goodreads!




List of Newbery Medal Books

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound


One thought on “37: A Single Shard

  1. Mandy, I’m listening to the audiobook of Moon Over Manifest, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m about a third of the way through so far. It’s a really cute story, and the flashback stories are a lot of fun too.


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