How Many Newbery Honor Award Winners Have You Read?

A few weeks ago, I posted about Pulitzer Prize winners. The post received attention from Lana Cole at, who has decided to read all of the Newbery winners. (See her post about it here She has inspired me to see how many I’ve read.


Here’s the list. The ones I have read are in bold.

1922   Hendrik Willem van Loon                 The Story of Mankind

1923   Hugh Lofting                                      The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

1924   Charles Boardman Hawes                The Dark Frigate

1925   Charles Finger                                   Tales from Silver Lands

1926   Arthur Bowie Chrisman                   Shen of the Sea

1927   Will James                                          Smoky the Cow Horse

1928   Dhan Gopal Mukerji                          Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon

1929   Eric P. Kelly                                        The Trumpeter of Krakow

1930   Rachel Field                                       Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

1931   Elizabeth Coatsworth                       The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1932   Laura Adams Armer                         Waterless Mountain

1933   Elizabeth Foreman Lewis                 Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1934   Cornelia Meigs                                   Invincible Louisa

1935   Monica Shannon                               Dobry

1936   Carol Ryrie Brink                               Caddie Woodlawn

1937   Ruth Sawyer                                      Roller Skates

1938   Kate Seredy                                       The White Stag

1939   Elizabeth Enright                            Thimble Summer

1940   James Daugherty                               Daniel Boone

1941   Armstrong Sperry                             Call It Courage

1942   Walter D. Edmonds                           The Matchlock Gun

1943   Elizabeth Janet Gray                         Adam of the Road

1944   Esther Forbes                                     Johnny Tremain

1945   Robert Lawson                                  Rabbit Hill

1946   Lois Lenski                                       Strawberry Girl

1947   Carolyn Sherwin Bailey                    Miss Hickory

1948   William Pène du Bois                        The Twenty-One Balloons

1949   Marguerite Henry                             King of the Wind

1950   Marguerite de Angeli                         The Door in the Wall

1951   Elizabeth Yates                                  Amos Fortune, Free Man

1952   Eleanor Estes                                     Ginger Pye

1953   Ann Nolan Clark                                Secret of the Andes

1954   Joseph Krumgold                              …And Now Miguel

1955   Meindert DeJong                               The Wheel on the School

1956   Jean Lee Latham                                Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

1957   Virginia Sorensen                              Miracles on Maple Hill

1958   Harold Keith                                      Rifles for Watie

1959   Elizabeth George Speare                The Witch of Blackbird Pond

1960   Joseph Krumgold                            Onion John

1961   Scott O’Dell                                       Island of the Blue Dolphins

1962   Elizabeth George Speare                  The Bronze Bow

1963   Madeleine L’Engle                           A Wrinkle in Time

1964   Emily Cheney Neville                        It’s Like This, Cat

1965   Maia Wojciechowska                         Shadow of a Bull

1966   Elizabeth Borton de Treviño            I, Juan de Pareja

1967   Irene Hunt                                         Up a Road Slowly

1968   E. L. Konigsburg                               From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

1969   Lloyd Alexander                                The High King

1970   William H. Armstrong                       Sounder

1971   Betsy Byars                                        Summer of the Swans

1972   Robert C. O’Brien                            Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

1973   Jean Craighead George                   Julie of the Wolves

1974   Paula Fox                                            The Slave Dancer

1975   Virginia Hamilton                              M. C. Higgins, the Great

1976   Susan Cooper                                     The Grey King

1977   Mildred Taylor                                Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

1978   Katherine Paterson                        Bridge to Terabithia

1979   Ellen Raskin                                       The Westing Game

1980   Joan Blos                                             A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal

1981   Katherine Paterson                           Jacob Have I Loved

1982   Nancy Willard                                    A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

1983   Cynthia Voigt                                   Dicey’s Song

1984   Beverly Cleary                                 Dear Mr. Henshaw

1985   Robin McKinley                                 The Hero and the Crown

1986   Patricia MacLachlan                       Sarah, Plain and Tall         

1987   Sid Fleischman                                The Whipping Boy 

1988   Russell Freedman                             Lincoln: A Photobiography

1989   Paul Fleischman                              Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

1990   Lois Lowry                                       Number the Stars

1991   Jerry Spinelli                                    Maniac Magee

1992   Phyllis Reynolds Naylor                    Shiloh

1993   Cynthia Rylant                                   Missing May

1994   Lois Lowry                                       The Giver

1995   Sharon Creech                                   Walk Two Moons

1996   Karen Cushman                                The Midwife’s Apprentice

1997   E. L. Konigsburg                               The View from Saturday

1998   Karen Hesse                                     Out of the Dust

1999   Louis Sachar                                     Holes

2000   Christopher Paul Curtis                    Bud, Not Buddy

2001   Richard Peck                                      A Year Down Yonder

2002   Linda Sue Park                                  A Single Shard

2003   Avi                                                      Crispin: The Cross of Lead

2004   Kate DiCamillo                                   The Tale of Despereaux

2005   Cynthia Kadohata                             Kira-Kira

2006   Lynne Rae Perkins                            Criss Cross

2007   Susan Patron                                     The Higher Power of Lucky

2008   Laura Amy Schlitz                             Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

2009   Neil Gaiman                                       The Graveyard Book

2010   Rebecca Stead                                   When You Reach Me

2011   Clare Vanderpool                              Moon Over Manifest

2012   Jack Gantos                                        Dead End in Norvelt

2013   Katherine Applegate                         The One and Only Ivan

2014   Kate DiCamillo                                   Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

2015   Kwame Alexander                            The Crossover

2016   Matt de la Peña                                  Last Stop on Market Street

2017   Kelly Barnhill                                     The Girl Who Drank the Moon

2018   Erin Entrada Kelly                            Hello, Universe

It looks like I’ve read 22 of them. I recognize many of the titles from my childhood, even those I haven’t read yet, and some of them I’ve read in the past five years with my children. I want to read more!

How many have you read?


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  1. I have a collection of a lot of Newbery honors and winners. I’ve read a lot of early ones. That Mankind book is huge and complex. I’d like to see a kid read it! Hitty and Gaylord and the Coatsworth cat books are great.

  2. I have read Johnny Tremain, King of the Wind, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Bronze Bow, A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terabithia, and Sarah, Plain and Tall.

  3. Great post and thank you for the mention Emily! Currently I have read about 40 of them.. the latest was over the weekend, I finished up Flora & Ulysses! 💗 Happy Reading!😊

  4. I’ve read a few of them, mostly when I was younger, but I did not realize how old some of these books are! Ginger Pye was one of my favorites growing up but I had no idea it was written in the 50s!

  5. Good heavens! I saw a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959) on a visit to the American Writers Museum and my heart lurched! I can’t remember what the story was about but I remember reading it as a kid in Detroit in the early 1970s and having that revelatory “books can do this?!” feeling.

    1. I love this story, Leslie! That sums up the power of books right there. And The Witch of Blackbird Pond is about witches in early New England. I only know that because I reread it a few years ago with my daughter and got to review the plot.

      1. I know. But then, to my credit, I had never heard of the Newbery award. I read tons of stuff, but I don’t associate much with bibliophiles, so I am not up on such matters :).

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