The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Regan Barnhill
Published in 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian.
2017 Newbery Medal Winner
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo
Published in 2013 by Candlewick Press
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
2014 Newbery Medal Winner
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
Published in 2011 by HarperCollins
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
2013 Newbery Medal Winner
Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
Published in 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
2012 Newbery Medal Winner
Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
Published in 2010 by Delacorte Press
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
2011 Newbery Medal Winner
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Published in 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books
Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever . By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for an emergency is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet.
2010 Newbery Medal Winner
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz
Published in 2007 by Candlewick Press
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.
2008 Newbery Medal Winner
The Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
Published in 2006 by Atheneum Books
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
2007 Newbery Medal Winner
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Published in 2005 by Greenwillow Books
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
2006 Newbery Medal Winner
by Cynthia Kadohata
Published in 2004 by Atheneum Books
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
2005 Newbery Medal Winner
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo
Published in 2003 by Candlewick Press
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
2004 Newbery Medal Winner
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Published in 2002 by Hyperion Books for Children
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
2003 Newbery Medal Winner
A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck
Published in 2000 by Dial Books
In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.
2001 Newbery Medal Winner
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Published in 1999 by Delacorte Press
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
2000 Newbery Medal Winner
by Louis Sachar
Published in 1998 by Frances Foster Books
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
1999 Newbery Medal Winner
The View from Saturday
by E.L. Konigsburg
Published in 1996 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
1997 Newbery Medal Winner
The Midwife’s Apprentice
by Karen Cushman
Published in 1995 by Clarion Books
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
1996 Newbery Medal Winner
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
Published in 1994 by HarperCollins
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
1995 Newbery Medal Winner
by Lois Lowry
Published in 1993 by Delacorte Press
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
1994 Newbery Medal Winner
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Published in 1991 by Atheneum
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
1992 Newbery Medal Winner
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
Published in 1985 by HarperCollins
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
1986 Newbery Medal Winner
The Hero and the Crown
by Robin McKinley
Published in 1984 by Greenwillow
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
1985 Newbery Medal Winner
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary
Published in 1983 by Morrow
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
1984 Newbery Medal Winner
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
by Nancy Willard
Published in 1981 by Harcourt
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn. Inspired by William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, this delightful collection of poetry for children brings to life Blake's imaginary inn and its unusual guests.
1982 Newbery Medal Winner
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832
by Joan W. Blos
Published in 1979 by Scribner
The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
1980 Newbery Medal Winner
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
Published in 1977 by Crowell
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
1978 Newbery Medal Winner
The Grey King
by Susan Cooper
Published in 1975 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
1976 Newbery Medal Winner
M. C. Higgins, the Great
by Virginia Hamilton
Published in 1974 by Macmillan
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
1975 Newbery Medal Winner
The Slave Dancer
by Paula Fox
Published in 1973 by Bradbury
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
1974 Newbery Medal Winner
by William H. Armstrong
Published in 1969 by HarperCollins
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and through his relationship with his devoted dog Sounder.
1970 Newbery Medal Winner
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg
Published in 1967 by Atheneum
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
1968 Newbery Medal Winner
Up a Road Slowly
by Irene Hunt
Published in 1966 by Follett
A seven-year-old orphan goes to live with her aunt, where she learns new values as she grows to young womanhood. There are many happy memories and sad times too; jealousy of her sister, death of a schoolmate, and disappointment of first love
1967 Newbery Medal Winner
It’s Like This, Cat
by Emily Neville
Published in 1962 by Farrar
Dave Mitchell, at fourteen, grows up amidst the backdrop of New York City. Dave's interactions include a stray tomcat, his first girl friend, a troubled nineteen-year-old boy, and learning to see his father as a human being, not just a parent.
1964 Newbery Medal Winner
The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare
Published in 1961 by Houghton Mifflin
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.
1962 Newbery Medal Winner
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Published in 1960 by Houghton Mifflin
The gripping story of young Karana, an Indian girl who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast. A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal.
1961 Newbery Medal Winner
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Published in 1958 by Houghton Mifflin
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
1959 Newbery Medal Winner
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
by Jean Lee Latham
Published in 1955 by Houghton Mifflin
After finding a way to teach the ship's crew members to understand navigation, Nat, a self-taught mathematician and astronomer in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, writes down his explanations and compiles them into "The American Practical Navigator," also known as the "Sailors' Bible."
1956 Newbery Medal Winner
The Wheel on the School
by Meindert DeJong
Published in 1954 by HarperCollins
Lina and the other children must overcome many obstacles to bring the storks back to their little Dutch village. But they don't give up, and soon they get the whole village working to make their dream come true.
1955 Newbery Medal Winner
Amos Fortune, Free Man
by Elizabeth Yates
Published in 1950 by Dutton
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of 60.
1951 Newbery Medal Winner
King of the Wind
by Marguerite Henry
Published in 1948 by Rand McNally
Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.
1949 Newbery Medal Winner
The Matchlock Gun
by Walter Edmonds
Published in 1941 by Dodd
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
1942 Newbery Medal Winner
Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women
by Cornelia Meigs
Published in 1933 by Little, Brown
Presents the life of Louisa May Alcott, who was able through the success of her writings to achieve one thing that was very important to her--to be able to take care of all her family.
1934 Newbery Medal Winner
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
by Elizabeth Lewis
Published in 1932 by Winston
In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
1933 Newbery Medal Winner
Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Published in 1927 by Dutton
The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.
1928 Newbery Medal Winner
Smoky, the Cowhorse
by Will James
Published in 1926 by Scribner
Describes the experiences of Smoky, the mouse-colored horse, from his birth on the range, his capture by humans, through his work in the rodeo and on the ranch, and his eventual old age.
1927 Newbery Medal Winner
The Dark Frigate
by Charles Hawes
Published in 1923 by Little, Brown
In seventeenth-century England, orphaned Philip Marsham, forced to flee London after a terrible accident, finds himself in an even more difficult situation when his ship is taken over by pirates and he is forced to become a member of their crew.
1924 Newbery Medal Winner
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting
Published in 1922 by Stokes
When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.
1923 Newbery Medal Winner
The Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Published in 1921 by Liveright
Winner of the first John Newbery Medal, this renowned classic is now updated for the millennium. Hendrik Willem van Loon's ability to convey history as a fascinating tale of adventure has endeared this book to countless readers. 280 drawings.
1922 Newbery Medal Winner