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