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Newbery medal winners and honor books in the order of award years. (1950-1959)

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  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    Elizabeth George Speare

    Paperback (Yearling, Aug. 16, 1986)
    Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!
  • The Family Under the Bridge

    Natalie Savage Carlson, Garth Williams

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Nov. 12, 2019)
    The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator 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.Armand, an old man living on the streets of Paris, relishes his solitary life in the beautiful city. He is happy with his carefree existence, begging and doing odd jobs to keep himself warm and fed. With simple pleasures and no cares, what more could he need? Then one day just before Christmas, Armand returns to his favorite spot beneath the bridge to find three cold and hungry children. Although he has no interest in children, Armand soon finds himself caring for the small family. It does not take Armand very long to realize that he must do whatever it takes to get them a real home. Children will treasure this warm and funny adventure of family, freedom, and Santa Claus. The book includes illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series.
  • Along Came a Dog

    Meindert DeJong, Maurice Sendak

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Sept. 24, 1980)
    The friendship of a little red hen and a homeless dog who appoints himself her protector ‘is treated by the author with delicacy and strength in lovely and lucid prose.’ —C."A moving story, full of suspense." —H.
  • Chicaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa

    Francis Kalnay

    Paperback (Demco Media, Feb. 1, 2002)
    Adventures of a boy and his pony on the Argentine Pampa.
  • The Perilous Road

    William O. Steele, Jean Fritz

    Hardcover (Harcourt Young Classics, Sept. 1, 2004)
    The heartbreaking, bitter view of the Civil War as experienced by Chris Brabson, whose brother is fighting for the "wrong" side.
  • Rifles for Watie

    Harold Keith

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1987)
    Jefferson Davis Bussey is sixteen when the Civil War breaks out. He can't wait to leave his Kansas farm and defend the Union against Colonel Watie, the leader of the dreaded Cherokee Indian rebels. But Jeff soon learns that there's more to our war than honor and glory. As an infantry soldier, he must march for miles, exhausted and near starvation. He sees friends die in battle. He knows that each move he makes could be his last. Then Jeff is sent to infiltrate the enemy camp as a spy. And it is there that he makes his most important discovery: The rebels are just men - and boys - like him. The only difference between them is their cause. Passing himself off as a rebel, Jeff waits for the information he needs to help the Union conquer the enemy forces. But when the time comes, Jeff finds himself up against a very difficult decision. Should he betray the enemy? Or join them?
  • The Horsecatcher

    Mari Sandoz

    Paperback (University of Nebraska Press, Sept. 1, 1986)
    Praised for swift action and beauty of language, The Horsecatcher is Mari Sandoz's first novel about the Indians she knew so well. Without ever leaving the world of a Cheyenne tribe in the 1830s, she creates a youthful protagonist many readers will recognize in themselves. Young Elk is expected to be a warrior, but killing even an enemy sickens him. He would rather catch and tame the mustangs that run in herds. Sandoz makes it clear that his determination to be a horsecatcher will require a moral and physical courage equal to that of any warrior. And if he must earn the right to live as he wishes, he must also draw closer to family and community.
  • Gone Away Lake

    Elizabeth Enright

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc, Aug. 16, 1985)
    An enchanting children's story about an old abandoned town and what the children find there.
  • The Great Wheel

    Robert Lawson, Richard Peck

    Paperback (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Oct. 1, 2004)
    Newbery Honor book "Your fortune lies to the west. Keep your face to the sunset . . . and one day you'll ride the greatest wheel in all the world." When Aunt Honora reads this fortune in his tea leaves, Conn Kilroy knows he is destined for greater things than his small Irish village can offer. A letter from his uncle Michael in America offering Conn a partnership in his New York contracting company sets Conn on his western adventure. Just a few short months later Conn's Uncle Patrick lures him even farther west to Chicago, where they join the hardworking crew building what some called Ferris's Folly-the first Ferris wheel-then the largest wheel in the world and the showpiece of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
  • Miracles on Maple Hill

    Virginia Sorensen, Joe & Beth Krush

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, Aug. 1, 2003)
    Marly's father came back from the war a different man. Something inside him seems as cold and dead as the winter world outside. But when the family moves to Grandma's old house on Maple Hill, miracles begin to happen. The sap in the trees begins to rise, the leaves begin to turn, and Marly's father starts to bloom again, like the world around them. This wise and moving story is a must-have for every reader's library.
  • Old Yeller

    Fred Gipson, Steven Polson

    Hardcover (Harper, July 11, 1956)
    When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloIquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.The big, ugly, yellow dog showed up out of nowhere one night and stole a whole side of hanging pork, and when Travis went for him the next morning that dog started yelling like a baby before he was touched. Then he got into the spring water with five-year-old Arliss, Travis took an easy hate to Old Yeller, as they started to call him; in fact, he would have driven him off or killed him if it hadn't been for brother Arliss' loud and violent protests, So Yeller stayed, and Travis soon found he couldn't have got along without him.Pa and Ma and Travis and Arliss lived on Birdsong Creek in the Texas hill country. It wasn't an easy life, but they had a snug cabin that Pa had built himself, and they had their own hogs and their own cattle, and they grew most of what else they needed. The only thing they and the rest of the settlers lacked that year in the late 1860's was cash, so the men decided to get together and drive all the cattle up to the new market in Abilene, Kansas, more than six hundred miles away.Travis was only fourteen, but he was proud of his new role as man of the family and determined to live up to his responsibility. It was hard work, too, plowing until his legs ached, chopping wood until his hands were raw and his head was spinning, weeding the garden in the hot sun, toting the heavy buckets tip from the spring, and trying to keep his mischievous little brother in line.But there were pleasant moments, too: his Ma treating him like a man, and deer hunting in the early-morning stillness, and hot summer nights out in the corn patch under the stars with Old Yeller, trying to keep the coons and skunks out of the winter food supply. And there was plenty of excitement, like the fight between the two bulls, and the time Arliss nearly got mauled by the bear, and trying to catch and mark the new hogs. Here the suspense and excitement reach a peak, only to be topped a few pages later when the crazy-sick loafer wolf goes for Ma. Both times it is Yeller who saves them, only the second time it is not lucky for Yeller, as Travis comes to find out. And in finding out, Travis learns just how much he has come to love that big ugly dog, and he learns something about the pain of life, too.Old Yeller is a story that will be read and treasured by many thousands for years to come. In a shorter form, this has appeared as a three-part serial in Collier's.
  • The Corn Grows Ripe

    Dorothy Rhoads, Jean Charlot

    Paperback (Puffin Books, June 1, 1993)
    A Newbery Honor Book Can Tigre find the strength and courage to support his family? When Tigre’s father is badly injured in an accident, the family is thrown into turmoil. Who will plant and harvest the corn that they need to survive—and to please the Mayan gods? The neighbors have fields of their own to tend, and Tigre’s mother and grandmother cannot do it on their own. Twelve-year-old Tigre has never done a man’s work before. Can he shoulder the burden on his own, and take his father’s place? “A book of special artistic distinction, with its well-told story rich in Mayan folkway and custom and its boldly appropriate drawings.”—The Horn Book
  • Black Fox of Lorne

    Marguerite De Angeli

    Hardcover (Imprint unknown, Dec. 7, 1974)
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    Jean Lee Latham

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, May 19, 2003)
    1957 Newbery Medal Winner Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.” Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the “Sailors’ Bible”), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.
  • The Secret River

    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Jan. 4, 2011)
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon = pure magic! A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages. There’s just not enough…not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land —with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore….You caught catfish when catfish were needed…you will not find the river again.” This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches—stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.
  • The Golden Name Day

    Jennie Dorothea Lindquist

    Library Binding (HarperCollins, June 1, 1955)
    The story of a young girl and her many experiences living for a year with her Swedish-American grandparents
  • Men, microscopes, and living things

    Katherine Binney Shippen

    Hardcover (Viking Press, March 15, 1955)
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble/Newbery Summer

    Alice Dalgliesh

    Paperback (Aladdin, May 1, 2003)
    An eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness, and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.
  • Banner in the Sky

    James Ramsey Ullman

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Jan. 1, 2001)
    It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father. At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of the Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit - to plant his banner in the sky.
  • And Now, Miguel

    Joseph Krumgold, Jean Charlot

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, April 1, 1984)
    A memorable and deeply moving story of a family of New Mexican sheepherders, in which Miguel, neither child nor man, tells of his great longing to accompany men and sheep to summer pasture, and expresses his need to be recognized as a maturing individual.--Booklist. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book.
  • The Wheel on the School

    Meindert De Jong

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval, April 1, 1972)
  • All Alone

    Claire Huchet Bishop

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, March 20, 1992)
    After climbing the high slopes of the French Alps to tend his family's cows, ten-year-old Marcel is faced with a difficult dilemma--obey his father or help a friend.
  • Shadrach

    Meindert DeJong, Maurice Sendak

    Paperback (HarperColl, Sept. 24, 1980)
    Even after Davie had had the little black rabbit, Shadrach, for several weeks, it was still almost unbelievable. Every morning when Davie woke up it was a miracle all over again -- there in his grandfather's barn sat a wriggle black rabbit, and it was his. David had never been happier...until the day Shadrach slipped through the stats of his hutch and disappeared.
  • Theodore Roosevelt,: Fighting patriot

    Clara Ingram Judson

    Hardcover (Wilcox & Follett, March 15, 1953)
  • Magic Maize

    Mary Buff, Conrad Buff

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin Company, June 1, 1953)
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  • Hurry Home, Candy

    Meindert DeJong, Maurice Sendak

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Sept. 13, 1972)
    The dog was lost. He had no name, and no one to love him. He has only the silent, empty countryside, and a few crumbs and bare bones he could pick up. He had only himself, and he was afraid. Along the way, the little dog found a few friends, people who gave him shelter for a while, but always he moved on -- until he found a place he could call home forever.
  • The Secret of the Andes

    Ann Nolan Clark, Jean Charlot

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, March 7, 1952)
    A young Inca boy, unaware of his royal blood, shares a lonely existence with an old llama herder
  • Charlotte's Web

    E. B. White

    Hardcover (Harper & Brothers, April 10, 2012)
    The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White's marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly. Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the world—of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything. We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo's foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic. Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig. How all this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language.
  • Moccasin Trail

    Eloise McGraw

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1986)
    A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture.
  • Red Sails to Capri

    Ann Weil

    Hardcover (Viking Juvenile, Sept. 12, 1952)
    Michele helps the three strangers find the beautiful Blue Grotto of Capri
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

    Alice Dalgliesh, Helen Sewell

    Hardcover (Atheneum, April 28, 1990)
    A young boy sent on an errand over Hemlock Mountain is not so sure he likes going alone, because there may be bears on the mountain, but with the help of the big iron pot he borrows, he completes his errand.
  • Banner in the Sky

    James Ramsey Ullman

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval, April 1, 1988)
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  • Ginger Pye

    Eleanor Estes

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, Sept. 1, 2000)
    Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart . . . until someone steals him!
  • Minn of the Mississippi

    Holling Clancy Holling

    Hardcover (Perfection Learning, Oct. 1, 1978)
  • The Defender

    Nicholas Kalashnikoff, Claire Louden, George Louden

    Paperback (Walker Childrens, April 1, 1993)
    Newbery Honor 1952One man in Siberia has the courage to protect the endangered wild rams that share his mountain peak.
  • The Light at Tern Rock

    Julia L. Sauer, George Schreiber

    Paperback (Puffin Books, April 1, 1994)
    A Newbery Honor Book Will Ronnie have to spend Christmas stranded in a lighthouse? Ronnie and his aunt are tending the Tern Rock lighthouse for two December weeks while its keeper takes a much-needed vacation. Ronnie learns to love the slap of the waves against the Rock, sleeping in a bunk, climbing the winding staircase, and lighting the great lamp each night, and he looks forward to telling his family about it Christmas. But the days go by, and the lighthouse keeper doesn’t return to take them home. “Julia Sauer has again captured in words the delight of a perfect moment.” —Library Journal "A beautiful story." —The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Apple and the Arrow

    Conrad Buff

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug. 27, 2001)
    A 1952 Newbery Honor Book The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family’s goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter’s peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly. More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter’s father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William’s arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world.
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man

    Elizabeth Yates

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 1, 1989)
    A Newbery Medal WinnerWhen Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true."The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist
  • Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People

    Clara Ingram Judson

    Paperback (Young Voyageur, Oct. 15, 2016)
    The life of Abraham Lincoln, America's greatest president, in a new, illustrated edition of the Newbery Honor classic.Clara Ingram Judson's Newbery Honor Book is a richly drawn biography of Abraham Lincoln from his backwoods boyhood, to his days as a shopkeeper and lawyer, his entry into politics, and finally through his extraordinary presidency and tragic assassination. Judson presents Lincoln as he was--the plain-spoken and practical man, often ridiculed as a country bumpkin, who won the Civil War, ended slavery, and saved the Union. Judson's narrative is enlivened by her visits to his home and vivid descriptions of the Lincoln family's pioneer life.
  • The Door in the Wall

    Marguerite De Angeli

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, June 15, 1989)
    Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman. He must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed in one stroke: He falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him and Robin is left alone.
  • Tree of Freedom

    Rebecca Caudill

    Paperback (Puffin, Nov. 1, 1988)
    The two eldest children of a pioneer family are determined to carry their love of beauty and learning to their new home in the Kentucky wilderness.
  • The Blue Cat of Castle Town

    Catherine Cate Coblentz, Janice Holland

    Paperback (Dover Publications, July 18, 2017)
    "An imaginative, poetic, and often amusing story, written with great skill." — Kirkus Reviews Once in a blue moon, a blue kitten is born. And that little cat knows how to hear the song of the river — the ancient song of creation, as old as the world itself. Occasionally there have been men and women who were born knowing the song, but mortals cannot teach it to each other. Only a blue cat can do that, one who sings and believes in the song.This is the story of the blue cat sent by the river to restore the days of Bright Enchantment, when there was beauty and peace and contentment in people's hearts. But now a dark spell is enveloping Castle Town, brewing an obsession with gold and possessions. The river's song declares that riches and power will fade, while the beauty of handmade crafts endures, and the blue cat must find a mortal who will not only listen to the song but also sing it. Inspired by the real-life artistry of 19th-century Vermont crafters, this charmingly illustrated 1950 Newbery Honor winner continues to captivate young dreamers.
  • Kildee House

    Rutherford G. Montgomery, Barbara Cooney

    Paperback (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Sept. 1, 1993)
    Newbery Honor Book, 1950An early naturalist and philosopher escapes civilization by building his house among the giant redwoods.
  • George Washington's World

    Joanna Foster, Genevieve Foster

    Paperback (Beautiful Feet Bks, April 10, 1997)
    1942 Newbery Honor Title The period measured by the life of George Washington 1732 to 1799 was one of revolution and change in many parts of the world as Enlightenment thinking took hold in the minds of men. When George was a young man, Benjamin Franklin was the most well-known American, Louis XV was on the throne of France, and George II was king of England. Father Junipero Serra had just arrived in Mexico to work with the Panes Indians. Mozart and Bach were writing their immortal music and Voltaire warred with his pen against Ignorance, Injustice and Superstition. The young nobleman Lafayette watched the feisty American colonies with fascinated interest as they stood up to Mother England when she sought to tax them unfairly. James Cook was sent by the Royal Society of London to Tahiti where their team of astronomers might observe a total eclipse of the sun and thereby accurately measure the distance between the earth and the sun. These are just a few of the wonderful narratives explored by Foster in her Newbery Honor Book of 1940. Prolifically illustrated with intriguing line drawings and detailed timelines, Foster's telling of the life story of George Washington does justice to the man it celebrates.