The End of the Newbery Medal Winners

As you may have noticed, Sally and I have made it to the end of the Newbery Medal Winners. While we intend to continue reading and blogging about the Newbery Honor books, our post frequency is likely to drop.

After reading all of the Newbery Medal winners through the years, some of the titles were clear winners, while others left us wondering why they were selected. In general, our ratings improved over time; this was not unexpected, as many of the themes and social conventions backing the older titles have shifted considerably, leading to narratives which now read as glaringly racist or otherwise inappropriate. Below are some of our favorites.

Laurinda’s Top Picks (those titles earning a 4.5 or 5 out of 5):

1936 – Caddie Woodlawn
1959 – The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1963 – A Wrinkle in Time
1976 – The Grey King
1977 – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1978 – The Bridge to Terabithia
1994 – The Giver
1998 – Out of the Dust
2001 – A Year Down Yonder
2004 – The Tale of Despereaux
2010 – When You Reach Me

Sally’s Favorites (books in my top 10):

1959 – The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1961 – Island of the Blue Dolphins
1976 – The Grey King
1979 – The Westing Game
1985 – The Hero and the Crown
1994 – The Giver
1995 – Walk Two Moons
1998 – Out of the Dust
2001 – A Year Down Yonder
2013 – The One and Only Ivan

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