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).
- 2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. I pretty much don't care for animals (I know) and I STILL think this is one of the best kids books ever. When a book is this sweet, funny, and well-written, who cares if it's narrated by a gorilla? Not me. (Full review here)
- 2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. I thought this was just a ridiculously fine piece of historical fiction. Funny, clever, surprising, and smart. (Full review here)
- 2002. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. I didn't know I had any interest in 12th century Korea until I read this. Then I made everyone I know read it. (Full Review here)
- 2001. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. Do you wish to laugh your head off? This is the book for you. (Full review here)
- 1999. Holes by Louis Sachar. I seriously think this book is just the cleverest, weirdest book ever. I'm not a fan of most of his books (Wayside School is not for me), but this one is fantastic every time I read it.
- 1997. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. This is one of the first books I ever remember reading where I thought, "Whoa, this is a well-written book." And just fun.
- 1995. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Road trip books and quirky books are both not my things. But this book is terrific. (Full review here)
- 1994. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I didn't read this until I was an adult, and then I immediately read the entire thing aloud to Bart. Can't wait to see the movie!
- 1990. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This was one of the first chapter books I read on my own (apparently my mom didn't believe I actually had understood any of it and then I recapped the entire book for her).
- 1983. Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt. I'd heard of this for years, but didn't get around to reading it until I checked the first book, Homecoming, and then this one out from the library on audio when my library was going to be closed for a month and I had plenty of time to get through some 25 CDs. It was one of the most delightful listening experiences of my life.
- 1978. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. This was another one I read as an adult and it's one of my all-time favorites now. Heart-breaking and 100% perfect. (Full review here)
- 1977. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. I read this as a kid and then I reread it in grad school and sobbed my stupid eyes out.
- 1972. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien. I remember the crazy excitement I felt reading it as a kid and watching the entire plot unfold.
- 1962. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. When I was really trying to make progress through the Newbery list a few years ago, I was prepared to suffer through this. And then I just LOVED every second of it.
- 1936. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. I love Little House on the Prairie and I really love this book too.
And if I've missed your favorite, I'm super sorry and also probably just haven't read it.