Fifteen Favorite Newbery Medal or Honor Books

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This week, the students in my Children’s Literature class are reading The One and Only Ivan and thinking about the criteria for the Newbery Award. Next week, they will select one or more Newbery books on their own to read and review for the class. I thought I would share fifteen of my favorites. I tried to include a variety of genres (nonfiction, picture book, verse novel, historical fiction, fantasy, and contemporary realistic fiction) as well as a couple of classics.



elijah of buxtonflora and ulysses

graveyard book

show wayhigher powerthief

bud not buddyramona and her fatherclaudette colvin when you reach  meon the banks of plum creekcharlottecarver

What are some of your favorite Newberys? What book would you recommend to my students?





5 responses to “Fifteen Favorite Newbery Medal or Honor Books”

  1. Vasilly Avatar

    Your class gets the best assignments! I really enjoyed reading Bud, Not Buddy, Holes, Dear Mr. Henshaw, The Giver, Midwife’s Apprentice, and Dicey’s Song.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’ve been wanting to reread Dicey’s Song and Dear Mr. Henshaw. I hope my students find a book they’ll be able to love next week!

  2. Marj Avatar

    I just sent a question through email. Thanks

  3. thelogonauts Avatar

    My favorites tend to be the Newbery books that made a huge impression on me when I read them as a kid: The Giver, Number the Stars, The Westing Game, Bridge to Terebithia (I invented my own Terebithia for quite a while after that), Mrs. Frisby, and the Mixed Up Files. Newer ones would definitely be Holes and Walk Two Moons, which my fourth graders read. And that’s just the winners!

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