Newbery Winners


The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. The award has been given since 1922. Together with the Caldecott Medal, it is considered the most prestigious award for children's literature in the United States. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th century publisher of juvenile books.

The Newbery Medal is the equivalent of winning the Oscar for Best Picture.

The Newbery Medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan in 1921 and depicts on the reverse, an author giving his work (a book) to a male and female child to read.

The Newbery Medal is not to be confused with the Newbery Honor citation, which is conferred annually to worthy runners-up. The Medal is given to the best book each year. There may be one or more Honor books in the same year as well. This list are only the Medal books.

All but four of the 86 Newbery Medal Winners are still in print. These are the kinds of books parents share with their children because they have warm memories of their own first-reading-experience. We're pleased to offer the 82 Newbery Medal books listed on the following pages. And if you run across a copy of Tales from Silver Lands or Waterless Mountain or Daniel Boone by Daugherty or Dobry, send me an email!

Many of these books are works of historical fiction. They make execellent resources for the study of the time period in which they are set.


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The Story of Mankind

The Story of Mankind

The very first Newbery Medal Winner in 1922. Anyone who can chronicle world history from 500,000 B.C. to present times--and do so in a lively,...
$16.95

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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

1923 Newbery Medal Winner. The Doctor who can talk with the animals... Narrated by nine-year-old Tommy Stubbins, crewman and future naturalist, this...
$6.99

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The Dark Frigate

The Dark Frigate

1924 Newbery Medal Winner. In seventeenth-century England, orphaned Philip Marsham, forced to flee London after a terrible accident, finds himself...
$7.99

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Shen of the Sea

Shen of the Sea

1926 Newbery Medal Winner. A series of fascinating Chinese stories, strong in humor and rich in Chinese wisdom, in which the author has caught...
$17.99

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Smoky the Cowhorse

Smoky the Cowhorse

1927 Newbery Medal Winner. In language that truly evokes the Wild West, Smoky the Cowhorse brings to life one horse's story, from his birth on the...
$7.99

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Gay-Neck

Gay-Neck

1928 Newbery Medal Winner. "The city of Calcutta, which boasts of a million people, must have at least two million pigeons."
$18.99

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The Trumpeter of Krakow

The Trumpeter of Krakow

1929 Newbery Medal Winner. Set in medieval Poland in the year 1461, this is a story about honor, loyalty, and the consequences of unchecked greed.
$5.99

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Hitty

Hitty

1930 Newbery Medal Winner. Hitty's story begins in Maine in the early 1800s, where she is transformed from a piece of sturdy mountain-ash wood into...
$6.99

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

1931 Newbery Medal Winner. A little cat and a compassionate Japanese artist bring about a miracle.
$5.99

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Young Fu

Young Fu

1933 Newbery Medal Winner. When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming...
$7.99

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