All Things Newbery

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You’ll quickly find that one of my favorite book genre is that of children’s literature. (YA lit is also up there, but that’s another topic entirely.) There are so many good books for children out these days!

It’s actually my hope to be a children’s book author at some point in my life. I currently have several ideas that could make excellent books for children, but have yet to write them. Could I possibly even write something that might one day win one of these awards? I would love it if I could!

The books that win the Newbery medal are some of the best books ever written in children’s literature. A number of years ago, I set for myself the goal of reading all the books that won this award. Maybe one day, I would consider extending it to Newbery Honor books, but in the meantime, I just wanted to focus on the winners. Seeing as how this award has been given out since 1922 (and at the time, it was 2010, which translated to A LOT OF WINNERS), I figured that I needed to at least start with the winners.

I actually did fairly well, all things considered. I wasn’t writing in this blog at that point, so I didn’t really have a means of writing reviews for them, even though that’s really what I wanted to be doing. I know over the course of about a year and a half, I read at least close to 30. (I could find the original list if I wanted, but I don’t have the time.) I borrowed most of those books from the library, even though I wanted to add all of them to my library. I did allow myself a few of the ones I really did enjoy, but the majority of them came from the trusty library, especially the older ones. (I ❤ my library card.) I even managed to read the first book ever to win the award, The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon. Well, not quite so much read as skim. Well, not so much skim as breeze through and just kind of glance at pages. In my defense, it was an old version of the book that had close to 1000 pages in it! And small print! And it still took me several weeks to get through.

Then life caught up with me, and other books caught my attention, and I never kept up with it. I always wanted to go back to it.

Fast foward to this morning. I found through the Exploring Classics blog that there is a Newbery Medal Challenge going on over at the Watch. Connect. Read. blog. There’s no time like the present, right? Seems like a perfect opportunity!

Challenge accepted.

Here is a list of all the Newbery winners. I will link up reviews of them as I read them.

How many of these have you read?

2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlit
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon


For the beginning of #write31days, start here.

5 thoughts on “All Things Newbery

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of Books | Taking a Leap in Faith

  2. I should go back and read some of these. I see the ones from the early 60’s and remember them from childhood (yay class of 1980!) but the new ones would be great to read… since I have a grandson who will be wanting to read soon! I just started 31 days so I’m playing catch up. I look forward to reading more of you.

    • Thanks! Some of the newer ones are my favorites, but then so are some of the older ones too. I’m really looking forward to digging into all of them.

      Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to your 31 Days as well.

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