Newbery Award Winners

The Newbery Award is a medal presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States in the preceding year. Many of the Newbery winners have become children’s classics. Below is a list of Newbery Medal winners from 1922 to the present. Most of them are at the reading level of 4th through 7th grade.

When my children were growing up, we read most of the Newbery Medal Winners and they are all well worth reading, particularly all the ones prior to 1995.

Our favorites are marked with an *.

Newbery Medal Winners from 1922 to the Present
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Agee
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
*1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
*1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
*1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
*1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
*1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
*1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
*1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
*1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
*1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
*1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
*1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
*1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
*1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
*1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
*1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
*1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
*1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
*1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
*1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
*1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
*1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
*1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
*1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
*1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
*1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
*1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
*1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
*1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
*1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (out of print)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
*1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
*1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (out of print)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
*1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (out of print)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
*1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
*1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (out of print)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
*1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
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