Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won a Newberry Medal and is an American Library Society Notable Book.
The Newberry Medal is awarded to outstanding books for children. The Newberry Medal is an important award, and this book won it in 1977. The medal is given to books that demonstrate an outstanding contribution to children’s literature, and this one described a family’s struggle with race.
The book also was listed on the American Library Society’s Notable Books list, among the Notable Books for Children. This list is produced each year by the American Library Association to books that are exceptional that year.