My New Reading Goal!

I got an idea this morning

As I finished The Giver this morning I sat thinking about the story and wondered what year it had won the Newbery Award. I thought also about some of the other children’s books I’ve really enjoyed like The Girl Who Drank The Moon which also won the Newbery Award.

Then I got into this Newbery search and I spent a few hours reading up on not just the winning books but on the award: how long has it been given out, who is the committee, what the criteria for a winning book. It was a fun search (especially if your a nerdy book lover of children’s books).🤓

Newbery Award Winners

The list of Newbery Winners starting in 1922 to present 

After a few hours I realized that I’ve read and enjoyed several of the 96 Newbery Awards on the list, and wouldn’t it be a fun goal to just read the entire list. Why not?😃
Newbery award books
So that’s my plan, who’s with me?😃863DA5E8-9BC0-4A9A-BC10-750A5A709F48

The Newbery Award is given out each year by the American Library Association to the most distinguished children’s book from the previous year, starting in 1922.

Some of the more recent Newbery winners are:

  • Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly (2018 winner)
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill (2017 winner)🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (2016 winner)
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2015 winner)
  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (2014 winner)
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2013 winner)

Some well known titles that have been made into popular movies:

  • Holes by Louis Sachar (1999 winner)🔥🔥🔥🔥 The one thing I never forget about this movie is the kid’s name(a palindrome) Stanley Yelnats. 🤣
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 winner)🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1963 winner)
  • Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O’Brien (1972 winner) made into the film The Secrets of NIMH.🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (2004 winner)

Interesting Award Facts:

  • Some authors have won more than once (5 have won twice).
  • Some books that have won aren’t even close to that authors most popular. One author that comes to mind is Beverly Clearly. She won the award in 1984 for Dear Mr Henshaw. I’ve never read it or even heard of it till I read this list. But who hasn’t read The Mouse and the Motorcycle to their kids(written in 1965)?
  • Even though this award is not given out based on popularity, it’s still hard for me to believe that books like Charlotte’s Web never won a Newbery Award. Secret of the Andes by Ann Clark won that year in 1953.
  • The first Newbery Award went to The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon.

This is how I spent my Saturday morning. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post. Have you read some of these? Do you have any favorites?

Thanks for reading! Have a great Saturday Friends!


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23 replies »

  1. I’m torn on the giver. Did I love it. Did I hate it. Would I feel differently if I read it at a different time.
    I am fascinated by the fact that I can read a book and think it is the greatest book ever like The Celestine Prophecy I read with my husband about 20 years ago. I just reread it and thought well this is dumb! I fascinate myself 🙂

    • Lmao! IKR! Ya, the giver was a strange one… sort of reminded me of 1984. A bit creepy. I prefer lighter topics for sure!

    • True… Thank you! … but at least they are children’s books so they will be less painful.😊 Reading Nobel’s or Pulitzer’s would be 10x worse! Lol

  2. I love this idea, Lana! I have read a few that you named. My favorite is The Secret Rats of Nimh! I read it over and over! I loved the movie, too! Great point about Beverly Cleary (all the Ramona books!) and of course Charlotte’s Web!

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