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Below is a link to a list of Newbery Winners and the Honor Books. The Newbery has been awarded since 1922.
Please share your favorite Newberry winners (including the honor books) and why you enjoyed them.
Were there any you did not enjoy?
How many have you read?
What are your children's favorites?
My favorite Newberry winners/honor books:
A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck (I have enjoyed everything I have read by this author. )
Princess Academy - much more depth than I expected from this charming tale
The Tale of Despereaux
Out of the Dust
Across Five Aprils
My Side of the Mountain
I have read 42 from the list
One I did not care for was The Bronze Bow . . .
What a good idea! I've read at least 48 (there are other titles I recognize, but I can't remember whether I've read them), and I suddenly have a new appreciation for the reading program at my elementary school...
It's a hard list to narrow down - I really enjoyed a lot of these! But here are my top ten books/authors, chosen because I loved not only the writing, but also the uniquely creative stories they told:
The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
The Black Cauldron and The High King by Lloyd Alexander
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Number the Stars and The Giver by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry -- these made the favorites list not just because of any great writing or unique story-line (I actually don't remember much about the writing or the plots), but because I loved horses as a young girl and read everything by this author that I could get my hands on!
I can't point to any that I really didn't like, but if I had to choose one not to reread, it would probably be The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell. He's a great author, and I've really enjoyed a lot of his work (Island of the Blue Dolphins almost made my favorites list) - but I confess I do like happy books, and there just wasn't much to enjoy in the content of this one, even if the writing was good.
And granting that I was 12 last time I read it, I did actually enjoy The Bronze Bow ;-)
Going through the list in reverse chronological order, most of the ones I've read in their entirety are pre-1990s. I have read some of The Tale of Despereaux (loved what I've read), Princess Academy (my daughter is reading this right now), Hoot, Bud not Buddy. Enjoyed all of them so far.
I can't say any of the ones I've read were not enjoyable or did not live up to their "hype". Here's what I've read and the starred ones are favorites:
*On My Honor (sad, but great)
Sarah Plain and Tall
*Dear Mr. Henshaw (my daughter liked this one, too)
The Sign of the Beaver
Dicey's Song (one of my husband's favorites growing up)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Jacob Have I Loved
*The Westing Game - excellent!
The Great Gilly Hopkins (haven't read in ages, but I know I enjoyed this one a lot)
*Bridge to Terabithia
*Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
*Julie of the Wolves
Summer of the Swans
It's Like This, Cat
*A Wrinkle in Time
*Island of the Blue Dolphins
My Side of the Mountain
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
*These Happy Golden Years
Call it Courage
By the Shores of Silver Lake
Mr. Popper's Penguins