August 7, 2014

My Favorite Newbery Winners

I meant this list to only have 10 books on it. But then it was just impossible for me to get it that low.  

Since 1922, 91 books have won the Newbery Medal and I've read 63 of them, so narrowing it to 15 seems fairly reasonable in my mind.

(When I did my favorite Caldecott books, I picked twelve, but. . . I'm really more of a novel reader than I am a picture book reader). 

The best of the best Newbery winners!


And if I've missed your favorite, I'm super sorry and also probably just haven't read it. 

14 comments:

  1. Not that you asked for my two cents, but since you liked Dicey's Song I think you need to read the other books in the Tillerman series. They are wonderful.

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  2. I have read 63 too! I think I have read everything from 1980 forward - those early years are somewhat painful, plus my library doesn't even have Daniel Boone, so I may never actually accomplish my goal of reading them all. I am with you in having gone into The Bronze Bow thinking it would be awful and totally loving it.

    Other favorites: The High King (you do have to read the first 4 books to appreciate this one though - kind of a negative), The Twenty One Balloons, and Island of the Blue Dolphins.

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  3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is really the first book I remember sobbing over as a kid. Also, what gives people the right to make such awesome books into such stupid movies?

    I have to say that Out of the Dust is one of my favorite books of all time, so I'm a little heartbroken it didn't make the list.

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  4. I was just thinking about Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. I own a copy and was fascinated by the book as a child. I want to go back and read it, but I'm kind of afraid that it won't be as magical as it was when I was younger.

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  5. My SIL and I were just talking about Homecoming the other day. Mostly about how I had to read it for school and I hated it with a passion.

    Have you read the other books in the Giver series? The last one came out late 2012 and was just a fantastic conclusion.

    I can't pick one from the list but Number The Stars and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry are both up there.

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  6. Dicey's Song . . . That perfect book. And then to follow it up with A Solitary Blue. I adore the entire series.

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  7. All so good. I also loved The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I loved reading it, but I loved listening to him read it even more. It was fantastic!

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  8. Way off subject. But did you hear author LA Meyer passed away last week? Very sad

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  9. I love a lot of the books you put on your list! I've actually read several Newbery Medal and Honor books in the past few months-- not to my kids but to myself! I did read with my kids this summer and neither of us liked it. We didn't hate it and we all wanted to finish it, but it never grabbed us. :-(

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  10. I was surprised by how many of these I'd read. (Eight!) And a few of those of those I've read multiple times, so maybe that makes up for not reading the other ones? At any rate, I'll add them to my list. (A few of them are ones I'd been interested in when you wrote about them before.)

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  11. I love this list! Walk Two Moons is incredible. Everything Cynthia Voigt has written is awesome, but living in MD - this series has a special place in my heart. But I think that From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is slightly better than The View From Saturday (maybe not better in the literary sense... but I still fantasize about moving into a museum). Have you read that one? If not, check it out, it is SO worth the time!

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  12. I'm way behind on summer blog reading, so I'm glad this one caught my eye. I'm going to pin this to make suggestions to my sons. I've read a number of them, but I'd like to read them again.

    Thank you!

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  13. I honestly don't remember Bridge to Terabithia but I want to read it now. I'm thinking of starting to read the Chronicles of Narnia to Henry - I continue to dislike reading aloud but he loves for me to read to him. We're working on it.

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  14. Thank you so much for this post! Now I know what my son and I will be reading together this year :) sadly, I was not a reader as a young person, so I'm making up time now and reading great juvenile fiction. BTW…The Bronze Bow is simply magnificent! My 14 year old loved it. He did it as a novel study, and could hardly put it down.

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