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Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la PenaA few years ago, my sister and I had the idea to read every book on the Newbery Medal Winners list.

There has been one winner every year since 1922, so that’s… a lot of books. I figure as long as I’m reading 2 or more a year, I’m making progress… I’ll get there eventually! And it’s a good list – you could do worse then to pick up a few Newbery Medal Winners to add to your stacks.

Here is the list, with a few of my thoughts. Let me know your favorites in the comments!

2016: Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Last Stop On Market Street is a good one. I also liked Matt de la Pena’s short story in My True Love Gave To Me, so I think it’s time I picked up some of his other books as well.

Newbery Winners | The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

For all basketball fans. Although I also really loved it and I’m not that much of a sports girl.

2014: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiDamillo

2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I want to read The Graveyard Book, but I’m scared! Is it scary?

2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis1999: Holes by Louis Sachar

1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

1997: The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

E. L. Konigsburg is one of only a few authors to have won the Newbery more than once… which is awesome, because her books are great.

1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I’m a big Sharon Creech fan… this one and Bloomability are my favorites.

The Giver by Lois Lowry1994: 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

A gripping look at World War Two through the eyes of a ten-year-old. I was about that age when I read it and I still remember certain scenes vividly.

1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

A quick read, which you must follow up by watching the 1991 Hallmark Hall of Fame classic, improbably staring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.

1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

I don’t know what it is about books with actual handwriting in them, but I just loved them as a kid. Besides, you can’t go wrong with 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 by Joan W. Blos

1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor1977: 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

This is a great book! One of my favorites of all time. It’s the story of Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie, who decide to run away from home… and go live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead. Read it… I know you’ll love it.

1967: Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle1966: 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

I somehow managed to miss this one when I was a kid, but I’ve read it more than once as an adult. (There’s also a graphic novel which is great.) “It was a dark and stormy night…”

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 Sorensen

My mom read this one out loud to us when we were little. One of my favorite Newbery Medal Winners.

1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes1955: 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 Pene du Bois

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Lois Lenski illustrated the first four Betsy-Tacy books (a series I love) and also, you know, managed to win a Newbery for her own novel.

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

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty

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

Oh man, how I loved the story of the adventurous Caddie Woodlawn when I was a kid… I read it over and over.

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon

1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs

If you like Little Women, you definitely want to try this one.

1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis

1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth

1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P Kelly1929: 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

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

And it all started here… with the first ever Newbery Medal going to The Story of Mankind. I’m a bit of a history nerd, and this one has always sounded fascinating to me.

So those are just a few of my thoughts on the illustrious Newbery Medal Winners over the years… now I would love to hear your thoughts. How many have you read? Which ones are your favorites? What should I pick up next?