Favorite Newbery Medal Winners and Honor books

I collect Newbery Medal Winners, Honor Books, and others by Medal winning authors. The Medal is a trustworthy guide to some of the best children’s fiction. It is thanks to my mother that I have such a great appreciation for good children’s literature, for she cultivated our literary taste buds by feeding us the very best. I remember receiving books as gifts throughout the year, not just on birthdays, and it made an ordinary day extraordinary. Looking over the complete list of Newbery winners, I was amazed to find I have read over 50 of the 75 titles to date. Here are a few that have been your favorites – for the complete list of winners and runner-ups, you can go HERE. Print it and you have an instant list to take with you next time you go to the library!

1. “Boy With a Pack” by Stephen W. Meader (1940 Honor Book)


2. Gone away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1958 Honor Book)

-Sarah G.

3. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry(1994 winner)

“Amazing” –Kelerr

4. “The Bronze Bow” by Elizabeth George Speare (1962 Winner)


5. “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate Di Camillo (2001 Honor Book)


6. “Bloomability” by Sharon Creech (Newberry Medal Winner Author of “Walk Two Moons”)


7-“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate Di Camillo (Newberry Medal Winning Author)

“we all laughed, and cried, and loved it – Kate is just a fine, fine writer” – Charlotte

8. “Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale (2006 honor book)

-“my sisters and I just finished reading this one – what an enjoyable tale, written by someone with a wonderful imagination!” –Trina

10. “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread.” By Kate Di Camillo (2004 Winner)


Looks like Kate Di Camillo is popular with several of us! I know I have enjoyed all of the books I’ve read by her. I am looking forward to getting to know Sharon Creech as I just got “Bloomability” and “Walk Two Moons” at the Salvation army for 99 cents each!

4 responses to “Favorite Newbery Medal Winners and Honor books”

  1. Elisabeth Avatar

    Lots of Newberry books in our library too–our home library, that is. I've read and enjoyed quite a few on that winners' list: Johnny Tremain; Caddie Woodlawn; Carry On, Mr Bowditch and others!

    Ever hear the saying of Erasmus', "When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left, I buy food and clothes"? Well, that's me. 🙂


  2. Katie Avatar

    I absolutely love the Bronze Bow, it might be my all time favorite! But I don't own it…. hmm….. *goes to check Amazon and Ebay*

  3. Trina Avatar

    I have read that one, too, Natalie
    Thanks for your comment!

  4. Natalie_S Avatar

    I'm going to have to get to the library.

    Incidentally another wonderful children's book that my younger sister and I both adore is /The Ordinary Princess./ I can't think who wrote is at the moment, but it sort of rethinks the beautiful, perfect princess idea without falling into feminism on hand or stifling realism on the other hand. In other words, it's a real fairytale about a real princess who just happens to be rather ordinary looking.

    I'm so glad you all are doing this!

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