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Newbery medal winners and honor books in the order of award years (1940-1949).

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  • King Of The Wind

    Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

    Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Dec. 26, 2006)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the ""Godolphin Arabian,"" ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses. A Newbery Medal Book.
  • Seabird

    Holling C. Holling

    Paperback (Sandpiper, April 26, 1978)
    The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.
  • Daughter of the Mountains

    Louise S. Rankin, Kurt Wiese

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Feb. 1, 1993)
    Momo has always wanted a Lhasa terrier--a dog like the ones the Buddhist priests hold sacred in their temples. And her dream is realized when a trader brings Pempa to her parents' tea house. But after a band of robbers steals the valuable dog and quickly escapes with him into the mountains, Momo is determined to catch them and recover her beloved Pempa. To do so, she must follow the Great Trade Route across the mountains--a path that most people avoid, and which will surely put her life at risk. Momo undertakes a dangerous journey from the mountains of Tibet to the city of Calcutta, in search of her stolen dog Pempa.
  • My Father's Dragon

    Ruth Stiles Gannett

    Hardcover (Buccaneer Books, July 1, 1990)
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  • Story of the Negro

    Arna Wendell Bontemps

    Hardcover (Knopf, )
  • The Twenty-One Balloons

    William Pene du Bois

    Paperback (Puffin Books, April 21, 2005)
    A Newbery Medal WinnerProfessor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition."William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell astory that has no age limit."—The Horn Book
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage

    Carolyn Treffinger, Kurt Wiese

    Paperback (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Oct. 1, 1995)
    Newbery Honor bookBanished to a mountaintop to learn to grow rice, Li Lun proves his courage as he fights the elements and his own loneliness to make his rice seedlings flourish where no one else has for generations.
  • The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot

    Catherine Besterman, Warren Chappell

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, March 29, 2015)
    The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot is a children's comic fantasy novel by Catherine Besterman. Based on a Polish folktale, it tells the story of a shoe king's son who outwits guard dogs and a bear and is sent on a quest for gold and seven-league boots by a cat. The novel, illustrated by Warren Chappell, was first published in 1947 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1948.
  • The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories

    George Courlander, Harold & Herzog

    Paperback (Troll Associates, Jan. 1, 1986)
    The stories of West Africa are about people and animals, about kings, warriors and hunters. The authors tell about clever and stupid people, about good and bad ones and about how things and animals got to be how they are. Some of the stories will make you think or laugh. All the stories are retold with a folk spirit full of generosity and vitality.
  • Misty of Chincoteague

    Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

    Paperback (Aladdin, Dec. 26, 2006)
    Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom. Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money that she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them.... Pony Penning Day holds a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?
  • Pancakes-Paris

    Claire Huchet Bishop, Georges Schreiber

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, April 1, 1947)
    Publisher's Note from dust jacket: "There was magic in that box of pancake flour. Charles was sure that if he just knew how, he could make French crepes for Mardi Gras, the crepes they always had to celebrate the day before Lent in Paris. But how to make French crepes from a package of ordinary American pancake flour - that was the puzzle. Charles could read French quite well - he was just ten years old - but he couldn't read English, and all the directions on the box were printed in English. "It was a difficult problem that required deep thought, but Charles was equal to it. He not only solved the problem, but he kept the surprise for his mother and little sister Zezette, and made very good friends of two American GI's besides."
  • Miss Hickory

    Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 26, 1977)
    A Newbery Award winner!Most dolls lead a comfortable but unadventurous life. This was true of Miss Hickory until the fateful day that her owner, Ann, moves from her New Hampshire home to attend school in Boston—leaving Miss Hickory behind. For a small doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, the prospect of spending a New Hampshire winter alone is frightening indeed. In this classic modern day fairy tale, what’s a doll to do?
  • The Heavenly Tenants

    William Maxwell, Ilonka Karasz

    Hardcover (Dover Publications, Sept. 13, 2017)
    "This is a lovely introduction to the constellations of the zodiac for children, and readers of all ages will be enthralled by the evocative scratchboard illustrations. The Dover production is a high-quality hardcover on heavy, slightly glossy paper, a beautiful book to treasure for many years." — The Emerald City Book Review The Marvell family is on the move, driving from their Wisconsin farm to visit the children's grandmother in Virginia. The night before their departure, Mr. Marvell talks to Roger, Heather, and the twins about the wonders of the night sky and explains the zodiac — a beautiful trail traveled by the sun in the daytime and by the moon and planets at night. The pathway's 12 sections, called the "signs" of the zodiac, contain clusters of stars. Long ago shepherds and sailors identified the clusters with characters from mythology, and so the heavens became filled with gods and heroes, hunters, ploughmen, and archers as well as birds, bears, farm animals, and monsters. Upon the family's arrival in Virginia, Mr. Marvell sets up his telescope but he can't find the Crab —it has disappeared from the sky! Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin, a strange light emanates from the Marvells' house, illuminating every board, windowpane, shingle, brick, and stone. What could be causing it? A Newbery Honor book of 1947, this extraordinary tale by a noted American author is gloriously illustrated with woodcut-style scratchboard graphics.
  • The Avion My Uncle Flew

    Cyrus Fisher, Richard Floethe

    Paperback (Walker Childrens, April 1, 2004)
    Johnny Littlehorn kicked like a steer when his parents told him he'd spend the summer in a dull little French town instead of on their Wyoming ranch. "What a way to spend a summer," Johnny thought disgustedy. That was before he discovered a pistol hidden in a loaf of bread ... and got on the trail of a fugitive Nazi spy and a stolen fortune!
  • The hidden treasure of Glaston

    Eleanore Myers Jewett

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, Jan. 1, 1967)
  • Strawberry Girl

    Lois Lenski

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Jan. 1, 1945)
    Rediscover this Newbery Medal–winning classic, a favorite of generations. This is a good choice for homeschooling, as well as for independent and classroom reading.Strawberries—big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. "Don't count your biddies 'fore they're hatched, gal young un!" her father tells her.Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud. The land was theirs, but so were its hardships.Teachers, grandparents, and homeschooling families continue to reach for Lois Lenski's Strawberry Girl. As one fan commented, a reason for its continued success is that it's "a touching, realistic tale of the power of neighborly love and kindness."
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse

    Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

    Hardcover (Aladdin, April 14, 2015)
    A trainer’s support makes all the difference in this extraordinary tale of a horse who became a legend from Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry, now available in a collectible hardcover gift edition.In 1791, a Vermont schoolmaster by the name of Justin Morgan comes home with a two-year-old colt named Little Bub. Taken as payment for an outstanding debt, the little colt doesn’t seem like he’s worth much, but the teacher asks one of his students, Joel Goss, to train the horse. Joel knows that the horse has great potential, and soon word about Little Bub spreads throughout the entire Northeast for his ability to work harder, run faster, and perform better than any horse in the area! This inspiring tale of a little workhorse who became one of the greatest breeding stallions of all time from Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry features the original text and illustrations in a gorgeous collectible hardcover edition.
  • The Moved-Outers

    Florence C. Means

    Paperback (Walker Childrens, Jan. 1, 1993)
    The captivating story of a Japanese-American family in a World War II internment camp who struggle to retain their dignity and identity as Americans.
  • Bhimsa, The Dancing Bear

    Christine Weston

    Hardcover (Scribner, June 1, 1945)
  • New Found World

    Katherine B. Shippen

    Hardcover (Viking Pr, June 1, 1945)
    New Found World, a Newbery Honor recipient, is a history of Latin America written for children by Katherine Shippen. It covers the Aztec, the Mayan and the Inca civilizations, the Conquistadors, the search for El Dorado, the coming of Christianity, and the struggle for independence of the colonial powers.
  • Rabbit Hill

    Robert Lawson

    Hardcover (Viking, Oct. 1, 1944)
    It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change. It’s only a matter of time before the animals of the Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little bit surprised when they do.
  • The hundred dresses

    Eleanor Estes

    Unknown Binding (Scholastic, March 15, 1990)
    Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson. “Sensitive, intuitive, restrained.”--Saturday Review
  • The Silver Pencil

    Alice Dalgliesh

    Paperback (Puffin, Aug. 1, 1991)
    From her girlhood in Trinidad, to school in England, to teacher training in New York, Janet cherishes the silver pencil her father gave her, and finally uses it to become a writer
  • Abraham Lincoln's World, 1809-1865,

    Genevieve Foster

    Hardcover (Charles Scribner's Sons, March 15, 1944)
    Genevieve Foster's first book, George Washington's world, created interest everywhere because of its informal, graphic and utterly different approach to history. the World histories that followed continued this new and vivid approach and are recognized as unique contributions to books for children and young people. In Abraham Lincoln's world we see what was going on all over the world during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln. Not only does the book throw light on the Lincoln period and give an interesting picture of LIncoln, it is an excellent background for understanding world events today.
  • Lone journey: The life of Roger Williams

    Jeanette Eaton

    Paperback (Harcourt, Brace & World, March 15, 1944)
  • Johnny Tremain

    Esther Hoskins Forbes

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, May 2, 2011)
    Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, The Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy bring to life Esther Forbes's quintessential novel of the American Revolution.
  • These Happy Golden Years

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

    School & Library Binding (Tandem Library, Oct. 1, 1953)
  • Fog Magic

    Julia L. Sauer

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Oct. 7, 1986)
    A Newbery Honor Book. Greta had always loved the fog—the soft gray mist that rolled in from the sea and drifted over the village. The fog seemed to have a secret to tell her. Then one day when Greta was walking in the woods and the mist was closing in, she saw the dark outline of a stone house against the spruce trees—a house where only an old cellar hole should have been. Then she saw a surrey come by, carrying a lady dressed in plum-colored silk. The woman beckoned for Greta to join her, and soon Greta found herself launched on an adventure that would take her back to a past that existed only through the magic of the fog.
  • Rufus M.

    Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 1, 2001)
    You've never met anyone quite like Rufus Moffat. He gets things done, but he gets them done his way. When he wants to check out library books, Rufus teaches himself to write...even though he doesn't yet know how to read. When food is scarce, he plants some special "Rufus beans" that actually grow...despite his digging them up every day to check on them. And Rufus has friends that other people don't even know exist! He discovers the only invisible piano player in town, has his own personal flying horse for a day, and tours town with the Cardboard Boy, his dearest friend-and enemy.Rufus isn't just the youngest Moffat, he's also the cleverest, the funniest, and the most unforgettable.Eleanor Estes's beloved Moffats stories are being published in new editions as Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classics. The original interior illustrations have been retained, but handsome new cover art by Tricia Tusa gives the books a fresh, timeless appeal for today's readers.
  • Mountain Born

    Elizabeth Yates, Nora S. Unwin

    Paperback (Walker Childrens, April 1, 1993)
    There were boulders at the top and he picked his way carefully among them. Suddenly he stopped still, gripping a rock and flattening himself against it. Not ten paces from him was a gray wolf, and around her four well-grown cubs were playing--prettily, if anything that spelt such horror could be pretty. His hands felt like ice on the rock. Wolves, weather, a black lamb, a trusty dog--all are part of Peter's life on a mountain farm. His best friend is Benj, a wise old shepherd, and Benj teaches him to care for the sprightly lamb that becomes his own special pet, his cosset. As Biddy grows into her place as leader of the flock, Peter grows too, learning the skills and joys of the shepherd's life.
  • Adam of the Road

    Elizabeth Janet Gray, Robert Lawson

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Oct. 5, 2006)
    Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout thirteenthcentury England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting various people along the way. But will Adam ever find his father and dog and end his desperate search?
  • The middle Moffat

    Eleanor Estes

    Paperback (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Jan. 1, 1979)
    Janey, the middle Moffat, has an imagination that leads her into many difficulties.
  • Have You Seen Tom Thumb?

    Mabel Leigh Hunt, Fritz Eichenberg

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, June 15, 1942)
  • The Matchlock Gun

    Walter D. Edmonds

    Hardcover (Putnam Juvenile, Dec. 1, 1989)
    In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
  • Little Town on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 8, 2008)
    Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Town on the Prairie is the seventh book in the award-winning 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.In Little Town on the Prairie, the young town of De Smet has survived the long, harsh winter of 1880-1881. With the arrival of spring comes invitations to socials, parties, and “literaries.” Laura, who is now fifteen years old, attends her first evening social.In her spare time, she sews shirts to help earn money to send Mary to a college for the blind. Laura also receives her teaching certificate and can work at a school. And, best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to being walking her home from church. Life in the little town certainly is exciting!The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’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.
  • George Washington's World

    Genevieve Foster

    Hardcover (Macmillan Pub Co, May 1, 1977)
  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

    Lois Lenski

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Feb. 18, 1995)
    In this classic frontier adventure, Lois Lenskireconstructs the real life story of Mary Jemison, who was captured in a raid as young girl and raised amongst the Seneca Indians. Meticulously researched and illustrated with many detailed drawings, this novel offers an exceptionally vivid and personal portrait of Native American life and customs.
  • Down Ryton Water

    E. R Gaggin

    Hardcover (George G. Harrap, March 15, 1943)
  • Call It Courage

    Armstrong Sperry

    Paperback (Aladdin, April 30, 1990)
    A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal.Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered-- so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.
  • Blue Willow

    Doris Gates

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 30, 1976)
    To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate was the most beautiful thing in her life, a symbol of the home she could only dimly remember. Now that her father was an itinerant worker, Janey didn't have a home she could call her own or any real friends, as her family had to keep moving, following the crops from farm to farm. Someday, Janey promised the willow plate, with its picture of a real house, her family would once again be able to set down roots in a community.Blue Willow is an important fictional account of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, and has been called The Grapes of Wrath for children. It won a Newbery Honor and many other awards.
  • The Long Winter

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 8, 2008)
    The sixth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor. 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 fledgling town of De Smet in the Dakota Territory is hit hard by the brutal winter of 1880-1881. Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace face the winter as best they can, but soon, blizzards have covered the town in snow that piles up to the rooftops, cutting the town off from supplies and trade. Food stores begin to run dangerously low. To save the town from starvation, young Almanzo Wilder and a friend brave the conditions, set off across the prairie in search of wheat, and return victorious. The town is saved, and the townspeople share in an unusual, but joyful, Christmas celebration.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.
  • Daniel Boone

    James Daugherty

    Hardcover (The Viking Press, Jan. 1, 1966)
  • Singing Tree

    Kate Seredy, E Law

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1990)
    Life on the Hungarian plains is changing quickly for Jancsi and his cousin Kate. Father has given Jancsi permission to be in charge of his own herd, and Kate has begun to think about going to dances. Jancsi hardly even recognizes Kate when she appears at Peter and Mari's wedding wearing nearly as many petticoats as the older girls wear. And Jancsi himself, astride his prized horse, doesn't seem to Kate to be quite so boyish anymore. Then, when Hungary must send troops to fight in the Great War and Jancsi's father is called to battle, the two cousins must grow up all the sooner in order to take care of the farm and all the relatives, Russian soldiers, and German war orphans who take refuge there.
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Oct. 14, 1953)
    The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they move from their little house on the banks of Plum Creek to the wilderness of the unsettled Dakota Territory. Here Pa works on the new railroad until he finds a homestead claim that is perfect for their new little house. Laura takes her first train ride as she, her sisters, and their mother come out to live with Pa on the shores of Silver Lake. After a lonely winter in the surveyors' house, Pa puts up the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the beautiful shores of Silver Lake. The Ingallses' covered-wagon travels are finally over.Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts