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10 Newberry Medal books I keep going back to

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Newberry Medal Winners. If a book as won an award it’s got to be good right? Not always. There is still the matter of personal tastes, as well as generational tastes. I’ve tried several times during my life to tackle the Newberry list and read all the books, but I always get held up on some of the older ones. Several of them I feel are downright boring.

Nevertheless, if you are in dire need of a book reading challenge, reading the entire Newberry winner list would be a really good one. There’re nearly a hundred winners, not to mention the honor books. Here is the winners list.
And the much more detailed list that includes the honor books is found here.

Today I wanted to share a quick list of favorites. I’ve read each of these books several times– at least 5 times– and I have probably read Walk Two Moons a solid dozen times (because it’s fabulous).

The Westing Game

I like mysteries. Especially when they’re a fun puzzle. Even though I know all the ins and outs of this mystery I still get a kick out of reading the story over again. I used to own this one, but I lent it to a friend… Maybe she still has it and will read it to Pip when she’s old enough.

A Year Down Yonder

This book is the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago, which was a Newberry Honor book. Both books are really very funny. Poor Joey and Mary Alice have to spend time with their crazy grandmother in her tiny town. Hilarity ensues.


I almost added this book to last week’s list. I mean, the movie does not do the book justice! Especially the story-line with Kate and Sam. So you really should read it.

Walk Two Moons

When I was in high school my family lived in Clarkston, Washington. I have had the privilege of actually going down the old spiral highway that is featured in this book. Let me tell you– it’s scary enough going down for fun, I can’t imagine doing it under the circumstances found in the book. But I’d hate to spoil the story, you need to read it!

I also love Chasing Redbird and many of Sharon Creech’s other works.

Number the Stars

There’s something about a World War Two story.  You know the book is going to hold some death and sadness, but you read it anyway. You read it for the hope and human kindness.

The Wheel on the School

My mom picked this one out one summer for us to read as a family. We have Dutch heritage, and she thought it looked like a good book. My brothers and I were underwhelmed by the cover, we were sure it would be boring. And then we all sat and listened intently and begged for “one more chapter!” It’s been too long, but it’s such a good story.

The Giver

Oh, how I love this book! This book was my introduction to dystopian fiction when I was in the advanced reading group in 5th grade. I hear they’re making a movie and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Should have been in black and white. But maybe I’m giving too much away. READ THIS ONE!

And don’t forget to check out the other three books in the series:
Gathering Blue

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

I think every kid has  a moment or two where they consider running away from home. And wouldn’t it be fun to run away to live in a museum? To live in a museum and discover yourself in the middle of a mystery?

A Single Shard

It’s really been too long since I read this one. I’m thinking about running over to the library morning first thing Monday morning to grab it.

Caddie Woodlawn

This book and I have an interesting relationship. I have it on the shelf and every few years I pick it up to read because I seem to have forgotten what it is about. This is the point we are at currently, so I guess I’d better go grab it to read it again.

Some of my favorite honor books (these are likely to pop up again in future lists):

Princess Academy
The House of the Scorpion
Getting Near to Baby
Ella Enchanted
Ramona Quimby, Age 8

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