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Reading Challenge: The Newbery Medal

Reading Challenge: The Newbery Medal
end date: unspecified
goal: to read as many of the Newbery Medal books as I can get my hands on


Last year I reviewed Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, which in March won the 2009 Newbery Medal.  It made me wonder which Newbery winners and honorees that I read as a child would still be enjoyable reading today, and how other winners had stood the test of time.  (I can't imagine the titles Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon or Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo making it onto bookshelves today without a title change.)   Newbery books also have the advantage of being shorter than adult novels, which is great because school is seriously cutting into my reading time.

So here's the list of Newbery Medal recipients I'll be working from.  Bold titles are Medal winners; the titles underneath are that year's nominees.  Titles that are struck out are those I've read but have not reviewed; for many of them it's been well over a decade since I last read the book so if I want to be fair, I'll have to read it again before writing a review.

As I read and review a book, a link will be added here.  Should be fun!  If you've read some of these books, I hope you'll weigh in with your thoughts, too!


Newbery Award Recipients

2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean 
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illus. by David Small 
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson 
 
2008 - Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson  

2007 - The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm,
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord 

2006 - Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins 
Whittington by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott 

2005 - Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt 

2004 - The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy 

2003 -Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan 

2002 - A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson 

2001 - A Year Down Yonder by by Richard Peck
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
 
2000 - Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola
 
1999 - Holes by Louis Sachar
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck 

1998 - Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli 

1997 - The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg 
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
Moorchild by Eloise McGraw
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White 
 
1996 - The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
 
1995 - Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
 
1994 - The Giver by Lois Lowry
Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman 

1993 - Missing May by Cynthia Rylant 
What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack 
Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers  
 
1992 - Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman  
 
1991 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
 
1990 - Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
 
1989 - Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton 
Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

1988 - Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
After The Rain by Norma Fox Mazer
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
 
1987 - The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber 

1986 - Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen 

1985 - The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley 
Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes
The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks 
One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox 
 
1984 - Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky
The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittai
 
1983 - Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley 
Doctor DeSoto by William Steig
Graven Images by Paul Fleischman 
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton  
 
1982 -  A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal  
 
1981 - Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
The Fledgling by Jane Langton
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle   

1980 - A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian 

1979 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 

1978 - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater  

1977 - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 
Abel's Island by William Steig
A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond 
 
1976 - The Grey King by Susan Cooper
The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep 
 
1975 - M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier 
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene 
 
1974 - The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox 
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper 

1973 - Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1972 - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Incident At Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert
The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin
Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
 
1971 - Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars 
Knee Knock Rise by Natalie Babbitt 
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl 
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell 
 
1970 - Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Our Eddie by Sulamith Ish-Kishor
The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art by Janet Gaylord Moore
Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele 
 
1969 - The High King by Lloyd Alexander
To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer  

1968 - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg
The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell

The Fearsome Inn by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1967 - Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik 
 
1966 - I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell 
The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz 
 
1965 - Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

1964 - It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North
The Loner by Ester Wier 
 
1963 - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. (Leclaire Alger)
Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge 

1962- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Frontier Living by Edwin Tunis
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Belling The Tiger by Mary Stolz
 
1961 - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
America Moves Forward: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
Old Ramon by Jack Schaefer
The Cricket In Times Square by George Selden, pseud. (George Thompson) 
 
1960 - Onion John by Joseph Krumgold 
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
America Is Born: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall 

1959 - The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Along Came A Dog by Meindert Dejong
Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay
The Perilous Road by William O. Steele
 
1958 - Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The Horsecatcher by Mari Sandoz
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson
Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle by Leo Gurko  

1957 - Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen 
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
Mr. Justice Holmes by Clara Ingram Judson
The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli 

1956 - Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Golden Name Day by Jennie Lindquist
Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katherine Shippen

1955 - The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong 
Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
Banner In The Sky by James Ullman

1954 - ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop 
Shadrach by Meindert Dejong
Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejong
Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot by Clara Ingram Judson
Magic Maize by Mary & Conrad Buff 
 

1953 - Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 by Genevieve Foster
 
1952 - Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
Americans Before Columbus by Elizabeth Baity
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
The Defender by Nicholas Kalashnikoff
The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer
The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff

1951 - Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt
Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton
Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People by Clara Ingram Judson
The Story of Appleby Capple by Anne Parrish

1950 - The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Coblentz
Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery
George Washington by Genevieve Foster
Song of The Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter & Marion Havighurst
 
1949 - King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry 
Seabird by Holling C. Holling
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett
Story of the Negro by Arna Bontemps

1948 - The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop
Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman
The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander 
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
 
1947 - Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes
Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff 
The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell
The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher, pseud. (Darwin L. Teilhet) 
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett
 
1946 - Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means
Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear by Christine Weston
New Found World by Katherine Shippen 

1945 - Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson 
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh
Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster
Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams by Jeanetter Eaton

1944 -  Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Fog Magic by Julia Sauer
Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes
Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
 
1943 - Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
Have You Seen Tom Thumb? by Mabel Leigh Hunt

1942 - The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski 
Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin

1941 - Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Young Mac of Fort Vancouver by Mary Jane Carr 
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall
 
1940 - Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz by Mabel Robinson
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Boy with a Pack by Stephen W. Meader

1939 - Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright 
Nino by Valenti Angelo
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater 
Hello the Boat! by Phyllis Crawford
Leader By Destiny: George Washington, Man and Patriot by Jeanette Eaton
Penn by Elizabeth Janet Gray
 

1938 - The White Stag by Kate Seredy
Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman
Bright Island by Mabel Robinson 
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 
1937 - Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book by Lois Lenski 
Whistler's Van by Idwal Jones
The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans
Winterbound by Margery Bianco
The Codfish Musket by Agnes Hewes 
Audubon by Constance Rourke

1936 - Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Young Walter Scott by Elizabeth Janet Gray
All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud by Armstrong Sperry 

1935 - Dobry by Monica Shannon
Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger
Davy Crockett by Constance Rourke
Day On Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Von Stockum 

1934 - Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Snedeker
Swords of Steel by Elsie Singmaster
ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág
Winged Girl of Knossos by Erik Berry, pseud. (Allena Best)
New Land by Sarah Schmidt
Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside by Padraic Colum 
Glory of the Seas by Agnes Hewes
Apprentice of Florence by Ann Kyle
 
1933 - Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
The Railroad To Freedom: A Story of the Civil War by Hildegarde Swift
Children of the Soil: A Story of Scandinavia by Nora Burglon

1932 - Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
The Fairy Circus by Dorothy P. Lathrop
Calico Bush by Rachel Field
Boy of the South Seas by Eunice Tietjens
Out of the Flame by Eloise Lownsbery
Jane's Island by Marjorie Allee
Truce of the Wolf and Other Tales of Old Italy by Mary Gould Davis
 

1931 - The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Floating Island by Anne Parrish
The Dark Star of Itza: The Story of A Pagan Princess by Alida Malkus
Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard
Mountains are Free by Julie Davis Adams
Spice and the Devil's Cave by Agnes Hewes
Meggy MacIntosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Garram the Hunter: A Boy of the Hill Tribes by Herbert Best
Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer by Alice Lide & Margaret Johansen
 
1930 - Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
A Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland by Jeanette Eaton
Pran of Albania by Elizabeth Miller
Jumping-Off Place by Marion Hurd McNeely
The Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales by Ella Young
Vaino by Julia Davis Adams
Little Blacknose by Hildegarde Swift
 
1929 - The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo by John Bennett 
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallock
Clearing Weather by Cornelia Meigs
Runaway Papoose by Grace Moon
Tod of the Fens by Elinor Whitney

1928 - Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The Wonder Smith and His Son by Ella Young
Downright Dencey by Caroline Snedeker
 
1927 - Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James

1926 - Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum 

1925 - Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story by Annie Carroll Moore
The Dream Coach by Anne Parrish

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
The Great Quest by Charles Hawes
Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall
The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure by William Bowen
The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs

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