The 1960s Newbery Medal winners can be described in one word – mediocre. Historical fiction and coming of age stories dominated this era, but we also got some samplings of adventure stories that represented both science fiction and fantasy genres. It’s not that this decade was awful; it’s just that the stories were boring and forgettable. And we had such high hopes for the ‘60s.
Our combined ratings were the highest yet for this decade, coming in at 3.18 out of 5. No rating went below a 2 and one novel achieved a 5 star rating. Sally’s average rating was 3.15, and Laurinda’s was 3.2.
Well, at least Laurinda and I are through with the worst (we hope) as we have now officially read 48 out of 93 Newbery winners – just over halfway done. The ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s are filled with the stories we had to read in grade school so we are optimistically, yet cautiously, looking forward to the next few decades.
And here is our list of where the best of ‘60s kid lit fall on our Trash or Treasure barometer. Yeah, the ‘60s kind of stunk.
Treasures: Instant Classics
Island of the Blue Dolphins
A Wrinkle in Time
Toss-Ups: Mediocrity is Thy Name
The Bronze Bow
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Shadow of a Bull
I, Juan de Pareja
It’s Like This, Cat
Trash: Best Left Forgotten
Up a Road Slowly
The High King