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Newbery Medal Winners

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
ISBN: 9781616205676

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

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander
Published in 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544107717

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

2015 Newbery Medal Winner

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

by Kate DiCamillo
Published in 2013 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763660406

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
ISBN: 9780061992254

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
ISBN: 9780374379933

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
ISBN: 9780385738835

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
ISBN: 9780385737425

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

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman
Published in 2008 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060530921

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

2009 Newbery Medal Winner

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

by Laura Amy Schlitz
Published in 2007 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763615789

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
ISBN: 9781416901945

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

Criss Cross

by Lynne Rae Perkins
Published in 2005 by Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 9780060092726

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

Kira-Kira

by Cynthia Kadohata
Published in 2004 by Atheneum Books
ISBN: 9780689856396

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
ISBN: 9780763640781

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

by Avi
Published in 2002 by Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN: 9780786826476

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 Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park
Published in 2001 by Clarion Books
ISBN: 9780395978276

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

2002 Newbery Medal Winner

A Year Down Yonder

by Richard Peck
Published in 2000 by Dial Books
ISBN: 9780803725188

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
ISBN: 9780385323062

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

Holes

by Louis Sachar
Published in 1998 by Frances Foster Books
ISBN: 9780374332655

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

Out of the Dust

by Karen Hesse
Published in 1997 by Scholastic
ISBN: 9780590360807

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

1998 Newbery Medal Winner

The View from Saturday

by E.L. Konigsburg
Published in 1996 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780689809934

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
ISBN: 9780395692295

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
ISBN: 9780060233372

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

The Giver

by Lois Lowry
Published in 1993 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385732550

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

Missing May

by Cynthia Rylant
Published in 1992 by Orchard Books
ISBN: 9780531059968

After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

1993 Newbery Medal Winner

Shiloh

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Published in 1991 by Atheneum
ISBN: 9780689316142

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

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli
Published in 1990 by Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316807227

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

1991 Newbery Medal Winner

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry
Published in 1989 by Houghton
ISBN: 9780440403272

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

1990 Newbery Medal Winner

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

by Paul Fleischman
Published in 1988 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060218522

A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.

1989 Newbery Medal Winner

Lincoln: A Photobiography

by Russell Freedman
Published in 1987 by Clarion
ISBN: 9780899193809

Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

1988 Newbery Medal Winner

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman
Published in 1986 by Greenwillow
ISBN: 9780688062163

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

1987 Newbery Medal Winner

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia MacLachlan
Published in 1985 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060241025

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
ISBN: 9780688025939

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
ISBN: 9780688024055

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

Dicey’s Song

by Cynthia Voigt
Published in 1982 by Atheneum
ISBN: 9780689309441

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

1983 Newbery Medal Winner

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

by Nancy Willard
Published in 1981 by Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152938222

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

Jacob Have I Loved

by Katherine Paterson
Published in 1980 by Crowell
ISBN: 9780690040791

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother and even of her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to fight back.

1981 Newbery Medal Winner

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832

by Joan W. Blos
Published in 1979 by Scribner
ISBN: 9780684163406

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

The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin
Published in 1978 by Dutton
ISBN: 9780525423201

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

1979 Newbery Medal Winner

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson
Published in 1977 by Crowell
ISBN: 9780690013597

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

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor
Published in 1976 by Dial
ISBN: 9780803774735

A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

1977 Newbery Medal Winner

The Grey King

by Susan Cooper
Published in 1975 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9780689500299

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
ISBN: 9780689830747

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
ISBN: 9780689845055

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

Julie of the Wolves

by Jean Craighead George
Published in 1972 by Harper & Row
ISBN: 9780060219437

Runway lost in the Alaskan wilderness survives with a pack of wolves. Newbery Medal Award Winner 1973.

1973 Newbery Medal Winner

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

by Robert C. O'Brien
Published in 1971 by Atheneum
ISBN: 9780689206511

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

1972 Newbery Medal Winner

Summer of the Swans

by Betsy Byars
Published in 1970 by Viking
ISBN: 9780670681907

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

1971 Newbery Medal Winner

Sounder

by William H. Armstrong
Published in 1969 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060201432

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

The High King

by Lloyd Alexander
Published in 1968 by Holt
ISBN: 9781400085613

In this fifth and final chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in ultimate confrontation.

1969 Newbery Medal Winner

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg
Published in 1967 by Atheneum
ISBN: 9780689853227

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
ISBN: 9780613587440

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

I, Juan de Pareja

by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Published in 1965 by Farrar
ISBN: 9780312380052

The slave of the 17th century Spanish painter Velazquez becomes a painter in his own right.

1966 Newbery Medal Winner

Shadow of a Bull

by Maia Wojciechowska
Published in 1964 by Atheneum
ISBN: 9781416933953

Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.

1965 Newbery Medal Winner

It’s Like This, Cat

by Emily Neville
Published in 1962 by Farrar
ISBN: 9780060243913

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
ISBN: 9780395877692

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
ISBN: 9780395069622

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

Onion John

by Joseph Krumgold
Published in 1959 by Crowell
ISBN: 9780064401449

His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.

1960 Newbery Medal Winner

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare
Published in 1958 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780440995777

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

Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith
Published in 1957 by Crowell
ISBN: 9780064470308

Jeff Bussey, a young farmer, joins the Union volunteers, and becomes a scout and soldier in the West to see the Civil War from both sides and lives to tell about it.

1958 Newbery Medal Winner

Miracles on Maple Hill

by Virginia Sorensen
Published in 1956 by Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152545611

When Marly, Joe, Mother, and Father move into Granma's old house in the country, the seasons take on a new meaning.

1957 Newbery Medal Winner

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

by Jean Lee Latham
Published in 1955 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780395137130

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
ISBN: 9780060215859

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

...And Now Miguel

by Joseph Krumgold
Published in 1953 by Crowell
ISBN: 9780889020252

Depicts the story of Miguel who has a wish to go to the mountains in the summer with the shepherds and tend to the flocks of sheep.

1954 Newbery Medal Winner

Secret of the Andes

by Ann Nolan Clark
Published in 1952 by Viking
ISBN: 9780140309263

An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.

1953 Newbery Medal Winner

Ginger Pye

by Eleanor Estes
Published in 1951 by Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152024994

The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

1952 Newbery Medal Winner

Amos Fortune, Free Man

by Elizabeth Yates
Published in 1950 by Dutton
ISBN: 9780140341584

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

The Door in the Wall

by Marguerite de Angeli
Published in 1949 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780881224108

In the Middle Ages a young boy crippled by the plague has an adventurous journey from London to the castle where he becomes a page.

1950 Newbery Medal Winner

King of the Wind

by Marguerite Henry
Published in 1948 by Rand McNally
ISBN: 9780027436297

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 Twenty-One Balloons

by William Pène du Bois
Published in 1947 by Viking
ISBN: 9780670734412

Fanciful adventures of Professor Sherman, who leaves on a vacation in a balloon, and lands on a volcanic island in the Pacific.

1948 Newbery Medal Winner

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Published in 1946 by Viking
ISBN: 9780140309560

Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

1947 Newbery Medal Winner

Strawberry Girl

by Lois Lenski
Published in 1945 by Lippincott
ISBN: 9780064405850

In 1945, in Florida, ten-year-old Birdie Boyer and her family struggle to make their new farm prosper despite heat, droughts, cold snaps, and rowdy neighbors.

1946 Newbery Medal Winner

Rabbit Hill

by Robert Lawson
Published in 1944 by Viking
ISBN: 9780670586752

New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

1945 Newbery Medal Winner

Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes
Published in 1943 by Houghton
ISBN: 9780395067666

After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

1944 Newbery Medal Winner

Adam of the Road

by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Published in 1942 by Viking
ISBN: 9780670104352

In thirteenth-century England an eleven-year-old boy roams the countryside as he searches for his father and his stolen dog.

1943 Newbery Medal Winner

The Matchlock Gun

by Walter Edmonds
Published in 1941 by Dodd
ISBN: 9780698116801

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

Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry
Published in 1940 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027860306

Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

1941 Newbery Medal Winner

Daniel Boone

by James Daugherty
Published in 1939 by Viking
ISBN: 9780670255894

Tells the story of the life of the rugged frontiersman and pioneer leader who helped settle Kentucky.

1940 Newbery Medal Winner

Thimble Summer

by Elizabeth Enright
Published in 1938 by Rinehart
ISBN: 9780312380021

The adventures of Garnet and Citronella on a farm during the summer, including finding a silver thimble that brings good luck to their families.

1939 Newbery Medal Winner

The White Stag

by Kate Seredy
Published in 1937 by Viking
ISBN: 9780140312584

Retells the legendary story of the Huns and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.

1938 Newbery Medal Winner

Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer
Published in 1936 by Viking
ISBN: 9780140303582

Set in the 1890's, this story follows a ten-year-old tomboy as she spends a year in New York City going everywhere on roller skates.

1937 Newbery Medal Winner

Caddie Woodlawn

by Carol Ryrie Brink
Published in 1935 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780020418801

The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

1936 Newbery Medal Winner

Dobry

by Monica Shannon
Published in 1934 by Viking
ISBN: 9780140363340

A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.

1935 Newbery Medal Winner

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women

by Cornelia Meigs
Published in 1933 by Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316565905

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
ISBN: 9780805081138

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

Waterless Mountain

by Laura Adams Armer
Published in 1931 by Longmans
ISBN: 9780486782508

Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of material existence.

1932 Newbery Medal Winner

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Published in 1930 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027197105

A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.

1931 Newbery Medal Winner

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

by Rachel Field
Published in 1929 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780689817168

A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.

1930 Newbery Medal Winner

The Trumpeter of Krakow

by Eric P. Kelly
Published in 1928 by Macmillan
ISBN: 9780027501407

A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.

1929 Newbery Medal Winner

Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon

by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Published in 1927 by Dutton
ISBN: 9780525304005

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
ISBN: 9780689716829

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

Shen of the Sea

by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
Published in 1925 by Dutton
ISBN: 9780525392446

Sixteen original stories reflecting the spirit of Chinese life and thought.

1926 Newbery Medal Winner

Tales from Silver Lands

by Charles Finger
Published in 1924 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780590424479

Presents a series of stories about animals, magic, witches, giants, and other beings from Central and South America.

1925 Newbery Medal Winner

The Dark Frigate

by Charles Hawes
Published in 1923 by Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316350099

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
ISBN: 9780440400028

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
ISBN: 9781406838169

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


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