The Newbery Medal was first offered in 1921 by Frederic G. Melcher as an incentive for better quality in children’s books. Named after John Newbery, the famous 18th century publisher and seller of children’s books, it is now donated annually by the Melcher family to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to children, the American Library Association.
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WinnerThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
WinnerDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
WinnerMoon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Over the summer she pieces together his story. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to "Leave Well Enough Alone."
WinnerWhen you reach me by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
WinnerThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
WinnerGood Masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village by Laura Amy Schlitz
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.
WinnerThe Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
WinnerCriss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
WinnerKira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
WinnerThe Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
WinnerCrispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi Avi
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. Lexile Level: 780
WinnerA Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
WinnerA Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
WinnerBud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
WinnerHoles by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
WinnerOut of the Dust by Karen Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
WinnerThe View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
WinnerThe Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
WinnerWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. Lexile Level: 770
WinnerThe Giver by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Lexile Level: 760
WinnerMissing May by Cynthia Rylant
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.
- Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers
- The Dark-Thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack
- What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
WinnerShiloh by Phyllis R. Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
WinnerManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
WinnerNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
WinnerJoyful Noise : Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
WinnerLincoln : A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
WinnerThe Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
WinnerSarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
WinnerThe Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
WinnerDear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
WinnerDicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
WinnerA Visit to William Blake's Inn : Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard Illustrated by Alice Provensen
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.
WinnerJacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
WinnerA Gathering of Days : A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
- The Road from Home : The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian
WinnerThe Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
WinnerBridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
WinnerRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
WinnerThe Grey King by Susan Cooper
In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.
WinnerM. C. Higgins, the Great by Virgina Hamilton
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
WinnerThe Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
WinnerJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
WinnerMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
WinnerSummer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
WinnerSounder by William H. Armstrong
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.
WinnerThe High King by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-keeper, and Prince Gwydion prepare for a fierce battle with Arawn-Death-Lord when he acquires the sword of Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain.
WinnerFrom the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. Lexile Level: 700
WinnerUp a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
WinnerI, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
The slave of the 17th century Spanish painter Velazquez becomes a painter in his own right.
WinnerShadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.
WinnerIt's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat. Dave Mitchell and his father yell at each other a lot, and whenever the fighting starts, Dave's mother gets an asthma attack. That's when Dave storms out of the house. Then Dave meets Tom, a strange boy who helps him rescue Cat. It isn't long before Cat introduces Dave to Mary, a wonderful girl from Coney Island. Slowly Dave comes to see the complexities in people's lives and to understand himself and his family a little better.
WinnerA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
WinnerThe Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.
WinnerIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
WinnerOnion John by Joseph Krumgold
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
WinnerThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
WinnerRifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The story of Jeff Bussey, a farm boy living in 1861, who joins the Union army and goes on an important mission to discover how Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee Rebels are receiving repeating rifles from northern manufacturers.
WinnerMiracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
Marly and her family share many adventures when they move from the city to a farmhouse on Maple Hill.
WinnerCarry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.
WinnerThe Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong
Six students in a tiny Dutch sea town engage practically the whole population in an effort to attract storks to nest on the town's roofs again.
Winner...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
Depicts the story of Miguel who has a wish to go to the mountains in the summer with the shepherds and tend to the flocks of sheep.
WinnerSecret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
WinnerGinger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.
WinnerAmos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
John Newbery medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
WinnerThe Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his courage and earns recognition from the King.
WinnerKing of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
Follows the adventures of an Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed, and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.
WinnerThe Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.
WinnerMiss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.
WinnerStrawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Set in a little-known backwoods region of Florida, Strawberry Girl is the first of the Lenski regional books and the winner of the Newbery award.
WinnerRabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Delightful tale of what happens when the animals of Rabbit Hill learn that new folks are moving into the big, empty house.
WinnerJohnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
WinnerAdam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.
WinnerThe Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
WinnerCall It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.
Tells the story of the life of the rugged frontiersman and pioneer leader who helped settle Kentucky.
WinnerThimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
The adventures of Garnet and Citronella on a farm during the summer, including finding a silver thimble that brings good luck to their families.
WinnerThe White Stag by Kate Seredy
Retells the legendary story of the Huns' and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.
WinnerRoller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
Liberated for a year from her parents' restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.
WinnerCaddie Woodlawn by Carol R. Brink
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.
Despite parental disapproval, a young Bulgarian boy dedicates himself to his dream of becoming a sculptor. Only his grandfather understands and encourages him.
WinnerInvincible Louisa : The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
Presents the life of Louisa May Alcott, who was able through the success of her writings to achieve one thing that was very important to her--to be able to take care of all her family.
- ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
- Apprentice of Florence by Ann Kyle
- Big Tree of Bunlahy : Stories of My Own Countryside by Padraic Colum
- Glory of the Seas by Agnes Hewes
- New Land by Sarah Schmidt
- Swords of Steel by Elsie Singmaster
- The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Snedeker
- Winged Girl of Knossos by Erik Berry
WinnerYoung Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
In the 1920's, a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
WinnerLaura Adams Armer
Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, feels a vocation to become a medicine man. He undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of living on the desert land that is his tribe's homeland.
WinnerThe Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
This is the story of a little cat who came to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brought him good fortune.
- Floating Island by Anne Parrish
- Garram the Hunter : A Boy of the Hill Tribes by Herbert Best
- Meggy MacIntosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray
- Mountains are Free by Julie Davis Adams
- Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer by Alice Lide
- Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard
- Spice and the Devil's Cave by Agnes Hewes
- The Dark Star of Itza : The Story of a Pagan Princess by Alida Malkus
WinnerHitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
Hitty, a doll of real character carved from a block of mountain ash, tells a story of the different places and people that she encounters during her first hundred years.
WinnerThe Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.
WinnerGay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.
WinnerSmoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.
WinnerShen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
Sixteen original stories reflecting the spirit of Chinese life and thought.
- The Voyagers : Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum
Presents a series of stories about animals, magic, witches, giants, and other beings from Central and South America.
WinnerThe Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
In seventeenth-century England, orphaned Philip Marsham, forced to flee London after a terrible accident, finds himself in an even more difficult situation when his ship is taken over by pirates and he is forced to become a member of their crew.
WinnerThe Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.
WinnerThe Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Chronicles the history of man and civilization from primitive beginnings to the current day.