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Newbery medal winners and honor books in the order of award years. (1930-1939)

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  • Thimble Summer

    Elizabeth Enright

    Paperback (Yearling, July 1, 1987)
    When Garnet finds a silver thimble in the sand by the river, she is sure it’s magical. But is it magical enough to help her pig, Timmy, win a blue ribbon on Fair Day?
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

    Paperback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nov. 2, 1992)
    A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. "Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story."--The Horn Book. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Penn

    Elizabeth Janet Gray

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Jan. 1, 1938)
    Book by Gray, Elizabeth Janet
  • The White Stag

    Kate Seredy

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1979)
    For generations the tribes of Huns and Magyars had moved relentlessly westward, obeying the voices of their pagan gods, which compelled them to follow the elusive white stag to their promised homeland. They swept Europe, all the while pursuing their vision of the stag. Their leader was called Attila, and the land Hungary. Here is the epic story of their tribal migration and their fierce leader - know to us even today.
  • pecos bill

    Dr. James Cloyd Bowman

    Hardcover (Albert Whitman 1937 13th Printing, March 15, 1966)
  • Bright Island

    Mabel L. Robinson, Lynd Ward

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 23, 2012)
    Mabel Robinson's delightful coming-of-age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike. Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is more like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are. Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm. But when her dreaded sisters-in-law suggest that Thankful get some proper schooling on the mainland, the wind is knocked from her sails.Thankful finds the uncharted waters of school difficult to navigate: there's a rocky reception from her rich roommate, Selina; the breezy behavior of the charming Robert; and stormy Mr. Fletcher, the handsome Latin teacher whose caustic tongue masks a tender heart. And while Thankful works hard to make the best of her new life, Bright Island continues to flash in her thoughts, like the sparkle of the sun on the water.The New York Times raved, "One would be hard put to it to find a better contemporary novel than this," and now this evocative tale can be welcomed by a new generation of readers.
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 8, 2008)
    Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek is the Newbery Honor-winning fourth book in the Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. They settle into a house made of sod on the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds them a sturdier house, with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and Mary go to school, help with the chores around the house, and fish in the creek. Pa’s fiddle lulls them all to sleep at the end of the day. But then disaster strikes—on top of a terrible blizzard, a grasshopper infestation devours their wheat crop. Now the family must work harder than ever to overcome these challenges.The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family sticking together through thick and thin.
  • Roller Skates

    Ruth Sawyer

    Hardcover (Viking Press, Aug. 16, 1995)
    A republication of the original 1937 Newbery Medal-winning classic follows the adventures of a free-spirited tomboy in 1890s New York as she traverses the city on a pair of roller skates.
  • Leader by destiny;: George Washington, man and patriot

    Jeanette Eaton

    Hardcover (Harcourt, Brace, March 15, 1938)
    1938: by Jeanette Eaton- A biography of George Washington for young people which makes him a compelling and charming person as well as a great man.
  • The Golden Basket

    Ludwig Bemelmans

    Paperback (Dover Publications, May 18, 2016)
    On a cobblestoned street in the ancient city of Bruges, a hotel with a golden basket on its roof admits a trio of weary travelers: a father and two little girls, Celeste and Melisande. The next morning, the sisters awake to the thrill of discovering a new country and meeting new friends, including Jan, the innkeeper's son, and Monsieur Carnewal, the hardworking, warmhearted maître d'hôtel. The girls discover a world of imaginative fun within the hotel itself as well as in the picturesque city of medieval buildings and towers, where graceful swans swim in the canals and a lamplighter makes his daily rounds.Inspired by a trip to Belgium, author Ludwig Bemelmans drew upon his youthful experiences at his family's Austrian inn to perfectly recapture the setting of an Old World hotel. This charmingly illustrated tale, originally published in 1936, is the second of Bemelmans's many books. A brief cameo by a mischievous French schoolgirl — the first appearance of the author's iconic character, Madeline—offers a hint of the joys to come.
  • Winterbound

    Margery Williams Bianco, Kate Seredy

    Paperback (Dover Publications, Jan. 15, 2014)
    Four city-bred children find themselves on their own in an unheated New England farmhouse in this captivating tale by the author of The Velveteen Rabbit. With their father gone on a business trip and their mother assisting a faraway relative, Kay, Garry, Caroline, and Martin must rely on themselves — and each other — to solve the day-to-day challenges of a chilly country winter.Margery Williams Bianco's Depression-era novel offers young readers an inspiring tale of the value of self-reliance as well as the importance of family ties. The 1937 Newbery Medal–winning Honor Book is enhanced by charming black-and-white illustrations.
  • The codfish musket,

    Agnes Danforth Hewes

    Hardcover (Doubleday, Doran & Co., inc, March 15, 1936)
  • Caddie Woodlawn

    Carol Ryrie Brink

    Paperback (Aladdin, Dec. 26, 2006)
    An illustrated edition of the Newberry Medal–winning Caddie Woodlawn, which has been captivating young readers since 1935.Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors—neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all. Caddie is brave, and her story is special because it's based on the life and memories of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother, the real Caddie Woodlawn. Her spirit and sense of fun have made this book a classic that readers have taken to their hearts for more than seventy years.
  • Honk the Moose

    Phil Stong, Kurt Wiese

    Hardcover (Trellis Publishing, Inc., Sept. 1, 2001)
    On Cattermole’s 100 Best Children’s Books of the 20th Century list and a 1936 Newbery Honor Book, this children’s classic is sure to please children of all ages. What do you do when a moose takes over your town? Three young boys try to save a moose through the cold Minnesota winter.
  • The Good Master

    Kate Seredy

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, May 1, 1986)
    Jancsi is overjoyed to hear that his cousin from Budapest is coming to spend the summer on his father's ranch on the Hungarian plains. But their summer proves more adventurous than he had hoped when headstrong Kate arrives, as together they share horseback races across the plains, country fairs and festivals, and a dangerous run-in with the gypsies.
  • Young Walter Scott

    Elizabeth Janet Gray

    Hardcover (Viking Pr, June 1, 1935)
  • All Sail Set : A Romance of the Flying Cloud

    Armstrong Sperry

    Hardcover (E. M. Hale, Aug. 16, 1935)
    Story of the Flying Cloud vessel with black and white illustrations by author.
  • Dobry

    Monica Shannon, Atanas Katchamakoff

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Feb. 1, 1993)
    A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.
  • The pageant of Chinese history,

    Elizabeth Seeger

    Hardcover (Longmans, Green and co, )
  • Davy Crockett

    Rick Burke

    Paperback (Heinemann, Sept. 23, 2003)
    Davy Crockett was a fighter, entertainer, Congressman, and frontiersman. Can you imagine what his life must have been like? What was he like as a person? Read this book in the American Lives series to get to know Davy Crockett. Find out how he tried to ma
  • A Day On Skates

    Hilda van Stockum

    Hardcover (Bethlehem Books, April 30, 2007)
    When winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.
  • Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women

    Cornelia Meigs

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1995)
    Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.
  • The ABC Bunny

    Wanda Gag

    Paperback (Puffin, Jan. 27, 1997)
    Follows a little bunny as it scampers through the alphabet
  • Stories of the Gorilla Country

    Paul du Chaillu

    Hardcover (Blurb, May 22, 2019)
    This is a classic study of West African wildlife, culture, and native tribes as they existed in the mid-1800s, written by the first European explorer to confirm the existence of gorillas and African pygmies. The author spent more than five years living among the tribes of Africa, closely observing their customs, culture, and their interactions with the surrounding wildlife. His accounts of native cannibalism, witchcraft, torture, slavery-and the existence of gorillas, till then only hinted at in a fifth century BC Carthaginian script-led many Europeans and Americans to dispute Du Chaillu's veracity. All his observations were however proven correct, and this book went on to become highly regarded and inspired a whole new set of European explorers to penetrate the Dark Continent.
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

    Elizabeth Lewis

    Mass Market Paperback (Laurel Leaf, May 11, 1999)
    Young Fu is bound for seven years to be an apprentice to Tang the coppersmith, and his new life in the Chinese city Chungking is both exciting and terrifying. Young Fu endures the taunts of his coworkers, and must live by his wits on the streets, where restless soldiers will shoot a man if he does not carry a load for them, and beggars steal from those who pass them by.Yet for Young Fu, the pleasures of the bustling Chungking of the 1920s far outweigh its dangers. Little by little he learns the ways of the big city and plunges into adventure after adventure. Young Fu's eagerness to help others and his acts of courage earn him many friends, and finally, more good fortune than he ever thought possible.
  • Swift Rivers

    Cornelia Meigs, William Durbin

    Paperback (Walker, Oct. 1, 2004)
    Newbery Honor bookBarred from his family home-stead by his mean-spirited uncle, eighteen-year-old Chris weathers a Minnesota winter in a small cabin with his grandfather. Poverty and the tempting stories of a wandering Easterner convince Chris to harvest the trees on his grandfather's land and float the logs down the spring floodwaters of the Mississippi to the lumber mills in Saint Louis. Filled with stories of raft hands and river pilots, this fast-paced novel has all the momentum of the great Mississippi.
  • Calico Bush

    Rachel Field, Allen Lewis

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 1, 1998)
    In 1743, thirteen-year-old Marguerite Ledoux travels to Maine as the indentured servant of a family that regards her as little better than the Indians that threaten them, but her strength, quick thinking and courage surprise them all.
  • Waterless Mountain

    Laura Adams Armer

    eBook (Reading Essentials, Feb. 13, 2019)
    A poignant story of a young Navajo boy's spiritual odyssey and coming of age as a medicine man provides a vivid portrait of the beliefs, traditions, and lifestyle of the Navajo people. Winner of the 1931 Newbery Medal.
  • The Cat Who Went to Heaven

    Elizabeth Coatsworth, Raoul Vitale

    Paperback (Aladdin, Jan. 8, 2008)
    A Newberry Medal Winner This timeless fable has been a classic since its first publication in 1930, and this beautifully reillustrated edition brings the magic and wonder of the tale to a new generation of readers.In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village’s head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck. According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha’s blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, includes the cat in his painting, the priest rejects the work and decrees that it must be destroyed. It seems the artist’s life is ruined as well—until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle.
  • Floating Island

    Anne Parrish

    Hardcover (Harper & Brothers, June 1, 1930)
    Floating Island is a 1930 children's novel written and illustrated by Anne Parrish. A China-doll family's shipwreck and adventure in the Floating Island are told in the novel in the simple and colloquial style .
  • Spice and the Devils Cave

    Agnes Danforth Hewes, Lynd Ward

    Hardcover (Alfred A. Knopf, Jan. 1, 1930)
  • Meggy Macintosh

    Elizabeth Janet Gray

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Oct. 13, 1944)
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  • Bright Hunter of the Skies

    Herbert Best, Bernarda Bryson

    Hardcover (The Macmillan Company, )
  • Odd-Le-Uk, the Wanderer

    Alice Alison Lide

    Hardcover (Little Brown & Co (Juv), June 15, 1930)
  • Hitty Her First Hundred Years

    Rachel Field, Dorothy P. Lathrop

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 1, 1998)
    Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. This is the story of Hitty's years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well-loved doll.
  • The Jumping-Off Place

    Marian Hurd McNeely, William Siegel

    eBook (Dover Publications, May 4, 2017)
    In the summer of 1910, four orphans leave their home in Wisconsin to "prove up" their claim to a parcel of land on the South Dakota prairie. Seventeen-year-old Becky Linville and her younger siblings — Dick, Phil, and Joan — hadn't intended to move to the newly opened Rosebud Reservation by themselves. But with their Uncle Jim's untimely death, the children are forced to follow up on the claim without adult supervision. Uncle Jim left detailed instructions for his young relatives; but right from the start, homesteading turns out to be far more difficult than they expected. A family of ornery squatters have set up a shanty on the Linville claim and vandalized the property. A drought threatens the summer corn crop, and winter brings blizzards, relentless cold, and near-starvation. But prairie life isn't as lonely as it seems, and the Linvilles gradually form strong bonds within their far-flung community. The support of their new neighbors, together with their own growing self-reliance, helps the children rise to each challenge. An exciting tale of adventure, resilience, and triumph over adversity, this 1930 Newbery Honor Book was inspired by author Marian Hurd McNeely's homesteading years.
  • Little Blacknose: The Story of a Pioneer

    Hildegarde Hoyt Swift, Lynd Ward

    Hardcover (E. M. Hale & Co. (Harcourt, Brace & Co.), June 15, 1929)
    Delightful children's story about the Dewitt Clinton, the pioneer locomotive. Told from the locomotive's perspective, it follows his life from construction at the blacksmith's shop to his retirement to Grand Central Station on the 100th birthday of the New York Central. The book was a Newbury Award Honor winner in 1930. Illustrated throughout with drawings. The pages are edged with little miniature locomotives and there are decorative end papers. 149 pages.
  • Waterless Mountain

    Laura Adams Armer, Sidney Armer

    Paperback (Dover Publications, Jan. 15, 2014)
    Younger Brother lives in a dry land, and he dreams of finding the wide water of the Pacific Ocean. This gentle coming-of-age story, rooted in the traditional culture of the Navajo, recounts Younger Brother's journey toward finding his vocation as a medicine man. Under the guidance of his uncle, the boy learns about the ancient songs, customs, and ceremonies of his people as well as the modern-day magic of movies and airplanes.Written in the 1930s by an authority on Native American life and lore, this Newbery Medal winner offers a vivid portrait of Navajo beliefs and traditions. Its simple but poetic storytelling style is enhanced by numerous black-and-white illustrations.