Friday, January 20, 2012

Notable Newbery Books

On Monday, January 23, 2012 the American Library Association will announce the winner of the Newbery Medal for 2012.

In an unscientific survey of the Wellesley Free Library staff, I’ve created a list of Notable Newbery books. These are our favorite titles from the winner list since the Medal was first given in 1922. Forty eight titles were voted favorites with 9 receiving 3 votes each and another 5 receiving more than 3 votes. Here is the list:

More that 3 votes each:

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Three votes each:

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

The complete list of Newbery Medal winners is on the ALA website:
Do you have a favorite or several favorites from the list?

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