Award Winning Books

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.  The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

The Newbery and Caldecott Medals are the most prestigious American children’s book awards.

Newbery recipients:

1922 – Hendrik Willem van Loon – The Story of Mankind
1923 – Hugh Lofting – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
1924 – Charles Hawes – The Dark Frigate
1925 – Charles Finger – Tales from Silver Lands
1926 – Arthur Bowie Chrisman – Shen of the Sea
1927 – Will James – Smoky the Cow Horse
1928 – Dhan Gopal Mukerji – Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
1929 – Eric P. Kelly – The Trumperter of Krakow
1930 – Rachel Field – Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
1931 – Elizabeth Coatsworth – The Cat Who Went to Heaven
1932 – Laura Adams Armer – Waterless Mountain
1933 – Cornelia Meigs – Invincible Louisa
1935 – Monica Shannon – Dobry
1936 – Carol Ryrie Brink – Caddie Woodlawn
1937 – Ruth Sawyer – Roller Skates
1938 – Date Seredy – The White Stag
1939 – Elizabeth Enright – Thimble Summer
1940 – James Daugherty – Daniel Boone
1941 – Armstrong Sperry – Call It Courage
1942 – Walter D. Edmonds – The Matchlock Gun
1943 – Elizabeth Gray Vining – Adam of the Road
1944 – Esther Forbes – Johnny Tremain
1945 – Robert Lawson – Rabbit Hill
1946 – Lois Lenski – Strawberry Girl
1947 – Carolyn Sherwin Bailey – Miss Hickory
1948 – William Pene du Bois – The Twenty-One Balloons
1949 – Marguerite Henry – King of the Wind
1950 – Marguerite de Angeli – The Door in the Wall
1951 – Elizabeth Yates – Amos Fortune, Free Man
1952 – Eleanor Estes – Ginger Pye
1953 – Ann Nolan Clark – Secret of the Andes
1954 – Joseph Krumgold – …And Now Miguel
1955 – Meindert DeJong – The Wheel on the School
1956 – Jean Lee Latham – Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
1957 – Virginia Sorensen – Miracles on Maple Hill
1958 – Harold Keith – Rifles for Watie
1959 – Elizabeth George Speare – The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1960 – Joseph Krumgold – Onion John
1961 – Scott O’Dell – Island of the Blue Dolphins
1962 – Elizabeth George Speare – The Bronze Bow
1963 – Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time
1964 – Emily Cheney Neville – It’s Like This, Cat
1965 – Maia Wojciechowska – Shadow of a Bull
1966 – Elizabeth Borton de Trevino – I, Juan de Pareja
1967 – Irene Hunt – Up a Road Slowly
1968 – E. L. Konigsburg – From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
1969 – Lloyd Alexander – The High King
1970 – William H. Armstrong – Sounder
1971 – Betsy Byars – Summer of the Swans
1972 – Robert C. O’Brien – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1973 – Jean Craighead George – Julie of the Wolves
1974 – Paula Fox – The Slave Dancer
1975 – Virginia Hamilton – M.C. Higgins, the Great
1976 – Susan Cooper – The Grey King
1977 – Mildred Taylon – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1978 – Katherine Paterson – Bridge to Terabithia
1979 – Ellen Raskin – The Westing Game
1980 – Joan Blos – A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal
1981 – Katherine Paterson – Jacob Have I lLoved
1982 – Nancy Willard – A Visit to William Blake’s Inn
1983 – Cynthia Voigt – Dicey’s Song
1984 – Beverly Cleary – Dear Mr. Henshaw
1985 – Robin McKinley – The Hero and the Crown
1986 – Patricia MacLachian – Sarah, Plain and Tall
1987 – Sid Fleischman – The Whipping Boy
1988 – Russell Freedman – Lincoln: A Photobiography
1989 – Sid Fleischman – Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
1990 – Lois Lowry – Number the Stars
1991 – Jerry Spinelli – Maniac Magee
1992 – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – Shiloh
1993 – Cynthia Rylant – Missing May
1994 – Lois Lowry – The Giver
1995 – Sharon Creech – Walk Two Moons
1996 – Karen Cushman – The Midwife’s Apprentice
1997 – E. L. Konigsburg – The View from Saturday
1998 – Karen Hesse – Out of the Dust
1999 – Louis Sachar – Holes
2000 – Christopher Paul Curtis – Bud, Not Buddy
2001 – Richard Peck – A Year Down Yonder
2002 – Linda Sue Park – A Single Shard
2003 – Avi – Crispin: The Cross of Lead
2004 – Kate DiCamillo – The Tale of Despereaux
2005 – Cynthia Kadohata – Kira-Kira
2006 – Lynne Rae Perkins – Criss Cross
2007 – Susan Patron – The Higher Power of Lucky
2008 – Laura Any Schlitz – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
2009 – Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
2010 – Rebecca Stead – When You Reach Me
2011 – Clare Vanderpool – Moon Over Manifest
2012 – Jack Gantos – Dead End on Norvelt
2013 – Katherine Applegate – The One and Only Ivan
2014 – Kate DiCamillo – Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
2015 – Kwame Alexander – The Crossover

* Although I have read a lot of these books, I haven’t read them all and so I cannot give a positive review of all of them, but  I have read most of the books from 1922-1963 and several from 1964-2000.  I haven’t read any from 2001-2015.  Unfortunately, many of the books from 1970 to present are not worthy of the great literature and illustration medals.  They aren’t literary classics because they don’t contain beautiful language and they don’t encourage beauty, wholesomeness, nobility, and strength of character.  Instead they promote and/or contain themes of crime, death, sex and homosexual behavior, witchcraft, gangs, drugs, etc.  If you have questions regarding a particular book feel free to leave me a comment.

** This is an excellent article titled BOOKS UNHEALTHY FOR CHILDREN- RECENT NEWBERY, CALDECOTT, YA.

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