Newbery Medal Winners, 1922- Present

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. To learn more about the Newbery Medal, visit:

A listing of Newbery Medal Winners housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number


Last stop on Market Street / de la Peña, Matt.

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty -- and fun -- in their routine and the world around them.

PZ7.P3725 LAS 2015


The crossover / Alexander, Kwame.

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

[PZ7.5.A44 CR 2014


Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / DiCamillo, Kate.

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

PZ7 .D5455 FLO 2013X


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

PZ7 .A6483 ON 2012


Dead end in Norvelt / Gantos, Jack.

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

PZ7 .G15334 DD 2011


Moon over Manifest / Vanderpool, Clare.

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

PZ7 .P28393 MO 2010


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

PZ7 .S80857 WH 2009


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean.

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

PZ7 .G1273 GR 2008


Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village / Laura Amy Schlitz ; illustrated by Robert Byrd.

A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

PS3619 .C43 C55 2007


The higher power of Lucky / by Susan Patron ; with illustrations by Matt Phelan.

Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.

PZ7 .P27565 HIG 2006


Criss cross / by Lynne Rae Perkins.

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

PZ7.P4313 CR 2005


Kira-kira / Cynthia Kadohata.

Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future. Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.

PZ7.K1166 KI 2004


The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

PZ8 .D525 TAL 2004


Crispin : the cross of lead / Avi.

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

PZ7.A953 CR 2002


A single shard / Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

PZ7.P22115 SI 2001


A year down yonder / Richard Peck

In 1937, during the Depression, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, initially apprehensive about leaving Chicago to spend a year with her fearsome, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois, gradually begins to better understand and admire her grandmother's unusual qualities.

PZ7.P338 YH 2000


Bud, not Buddy / Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

PZ7.C94137 BU 1999


Holes / Louis Sachar

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

PZ7 .S1185 HO 1998


Out of the dust / Karen Hesse

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

PZ7.H4364 OU 1999


The view from Saturday / E.L. Konigsburg

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

PZ7.K8352 VI 1998X

PZ7.K8352 VI 1996


The midwife's apprentice / by Karen Cushman

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

PZ7.C962 MI 1995


Walk two moons / by Sharon Creech

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

PZ7.C8615 WAL 1994


The giver / Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

PZ7 .L9673 GI 1993B


Missing May / by Cynthia Rylant

After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

PZ7 .R982 MJ 1992


Shiloh / by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

PZ7 .N24 SG 1991


Maniac Magee : a novel / by Jerry Spinelli

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

PZ7 .S75663 MAN 1990


Number the stars / Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

PZ7 .L9673 NU 1989


Joyful noise : poems for two voices / Paul Fleischman ; illustrated by Eric Beddows.

PS3556 .L42268 J69 1988


Lincoln : a photobiography / Russell Freedman

Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

E457.905 .F73 1987


The whipping boy / by Sid Fleischman ; illustrations by Peter Sis

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

PZ7 .F5992 WH 1986


Sarah, plain and tall / Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

PZ7.M2225 SAR 1985


The hero and the crown / Robin McKinley

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

PZ7 .M1988 HE 1985


Dear Mr. Henshaw / Beverly Cleary ; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. Dear Mr. Henshaw, I wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunchbag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give you a lift to school." Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school. He's lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief steals from his lunchbag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project. Naturally Leigh chooses to write to Mr. Henshaw, whose surprising answer changes Leigh's life.

PZ7 .C5792 DE 1983


Dicey's song / by Cynthia Voigt

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

PZ7 .V874 DI 1982


A visit to William Blake's inn : poems for innocent and experienced travelers / Nancy Willard ; illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.

PS3573 .I444 V5 1981


Jacob have I loved / Katherine Paterson

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

PZ7 .P273 JAC 1980


A gathering of days : a New England girl's journal, 1830-32 : a novel / Joan Blos

The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.

PZ7 .B6237 GAT


The Westing game / by Ellen Raskin

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

PZ7 .R1817 WE 1978


Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson ; illustrated by Donna Diamond

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

PZ7 .P273 BR


Roll of thunder, hear my cry / Mildred D. Taylor ; frontispiece by Jerry Pinkney

A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

PZ7 .T21723 RO


The grey king / Susan Cooper

In this fourth book of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers.

PZ7.C7878 GR2 1986B

PZ7 .C7878 GT


M. C. Higgins, the great / Virginia Hamilton

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.

PZ7 .H1828 MAC


The slave dancer; a novel / Paula Fox ; With illus. by Eros Keith

Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

PZ7 .F838 SL


Julie of the wolves / Jean Craighead George ; Pictures by John Schoenherr

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

PZ7 .G2933 JU


Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh / Robert C. O'Brien. Illustrated by Zena Bernstein

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

PZ10.3 .O19 MI


The summer of the swans / Betsy Byars ; Illustrated by Ted CoConis

A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost

PZ7 .B98396 SU


Sounder, by William H. Armstrong. Illus. by James Barkley

Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

PZ7 .A73394 SO


The high king / Lloyd Alexander

In this fifth and final chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in ultimate confrontation.

PZ7 .A3774 HI


From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

Claudia and her brother run away from home and hide out in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. There they discover a work of art and set out to solve the mystery of its creator. They solve the mystery and return home.

PZ7 .K8352 FR


Up a road slowly / Irene Hunt

Ten years in the life of a young girl, Julie, who goes through her first love and endures hardship to be relatively mature by age 17.

PZ7 .H9156 UP


I, Juan de Pareja / [by] Elizabeth Borton de Treviño

Offers a fictionalized account of the life of Juan de Pareja, a young slave who grew to become an assistant to the painter Velazquez.

PZ7 .T7327 I


Shadow of a bull / Drawings by Alvin Smith.

Manolo Olivar has to make a decision: to follow in his famous father's shadow and become a bullfighter, or to follow his heart and become a doctor.

PZ7 .R617 SH


It's like this, Cat / by Emily Neville. Pictures by Emil Weiss

The story of a fourteen-year-old New York boy and his relationships with a stray tomcat, an eccentric old woman, a troubled older boy, the first girl with whom he has been friends, and his father.

PZ7 .N462 IT


A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L'Engle

A story of the adventures in time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe, who are in search of their father.

PZ7 .L5385 WR


The bronze bow / Elizabeth George Speare

When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.

PZ7 .S7376 BR


Island of the Blue Dolphins / Scott O'Dell

Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.

PZ7.O237 IS


Onion John / Joseph Krumgold ; Illustrated by Symeon Shimin

His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.

PZ7 .K946 ON


The witch of Blackbird Pond / Elizabeth George Speare

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

PZ7 .S7376 WI


Rifles for Watie / Harold Keith

Young Jeff Bussey experiences war from both the Union and Confederate side as he becomes acquainted with Stand Waite, a Confederate Cherokee General, and his band of raiders.

PZ7 .K255 RI


Miracles on Maple Hill / Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen ; illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush

PZ7 .S72 MI


Carry on, Mr. Bowditch; illustrated by John O'Hara Cosgrave, II

PZ7 .L348 CAR


The wheel on the school / Meindert De Jong ; Pictures by Maurice Sendak

PZ7 .D3675 WH


... and now Miguel / Joseph Krumgold ; Illustrated by Jean Charlot

Young Miguel Chavez of New Mexico yearns to go with the men of his family to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

PZ7 .K946 AN


Secret of the Andes / Ann Nolan Clark ; With drawings by Jean Charlot

An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.

PZ7 .C5296 SE


Ginger Pye / Eleanor Estes

The disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

PZ7 .E749 GI


Amos Fortune : free man / Elizabeth Yates ; illustrated by Nora S. Unwintrong

E185.97 .F73 Y3 1968


The door in the wall / Marguerite De Angeli

Robin de Bureford, a crippled page at Lindsay Hall, secures help for the town when it is beseiged by the Welsh.

PZ7 .D35 DO


King of the Wind / Marguerite Henry ; illus. by Wesley Dennis

Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

PZ10.3 .H43 KI


The twenty-one balloons / written and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois

Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.

PZ7 .D8527 TW


Miss Hickory / Carolyn Sherwin Bailey ; with lithographs by Ruth Gannett

Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

PZ8.9 .B16 MI


Strawberry girl / written and illustrated by Lois Lenski

PZ7 .L54 ST


Rabbit hill / by Robert Lawson

New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

PZ10.3 .L39 RAB


Johnny Tremain, a novel for old & young / written by Esther Forbes, with illustrations by Lynd Ward

A young boy, Johnny Tremain, becomes a man by joining the patriots in the American Revolution.

PZ7 .F749 JO


Adam of the road / by Elizabeth Janet Gray ; illustrated by Robert Lawson

The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

PZ7 .V746 AD


The matchlock gun / Walter D. Edmonds, illustrated by Paul Lantz

In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.

PZ9 .E515 MAT


Call it courage / Armstrong Sperry: illustrations by the author

Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

PZ8.1 .S75 CAL


Daniel Boone / James Daugherty; with original lithographs in color by the author

F454 .B733


Thimble summer / written and illustrated by Elizabeth Enright

Garnet Linden found a silver thimble in a dried-up river bed that seemed to bring good luck to the family farm.

PZ7 .E724 TH


The white stag / written and illustrated by Kate Seredy

Retells the legendary story of the Huns and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.

PZ8.1 .S457 WH


Roller skates / written by Ruth Sawyer ; and illustrated by Valenti Angelo

The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's.

PZ7 .S269 RO


Caddie Woodlawn / Carol Ryrie Brink; illustrated by Kate Seredy

The adventiures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

PZ7 .B78 CAD


Dobry/ by Monica Shannon; illustrated by Atanas Katchamakoff

The story of a Bulgarian peasant boy growing up, of his longing to be a sculptor, and of his mother's incomprehension of his wish to leave the fields, which she worshipped. Grades 4-7.

PZ7 .S529 DO


The story of the author of Little women : Invincible Louisa, by Cornelia Meigs

PS1018 .M4


Young Fu of the upper Yangtze / Elizabeth Lewis, illustrated by Kurt Wiese

PZ7 .L5849 YO 1960


Waterless mountain/Laura Adams Armer

PZ7 .A715 WAT 1966


The cat who went to heaven / Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth ; Illustrated by Lynd Ward

The story of a cat who came home to a Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brought good fortune.

PZ10.3 .C629 CAT5


Hitty, her first hundred years / Rachel Field, with illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop

PZ8.9 .F442 HI


The trumpeter of Krakow : a tale of the fifteenth century / by Eric P. Kelly ; illustrations made by Angela Pruszynska

PZ7 .K2953 TR 1944


Gay-Neck; the story of a pigeon / Dhan Gopal Mukerji ; Illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.

PZ10.3 .M8 G3


Smoky, the cowhorse / Will James

The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth on the range, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.

PZ10.3.J275 SM 1954


Shen of the sea; a book for children. Illustrated with over fifty silhouettes by Else Hasselriis

PZ7 .C45 SH


Tales from silver lands / by Charles J. Finger, woodcuts by Paul Honoré

Presents a series of stories about animals, magic, witches, giants, and other beings from Central and South America.

PZ8 .F494 TA


The dark frigate / by Charles Boardman Hawes

PZ7 .H312 DA7


The voyages of Doctor Dolittle / by Hugh Lofting; Illustrated by the author

The story of Doctor Dolittle's voyage to Spidermonkey Island.

PZ7 .L827 VO


The story of mankind / Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Chronicles the history of man and civilization from primitive beginnings to the current day.

D21 .V3 1972