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Newbery Gold Medal Winners

Recommended List Of Classic Childrens Literature

NEWBERY GOLD MEDAL WINNER BOOKS 1922-2020

The Newbery Medal is given annually to one book that makes a significant contribution to American children’s literature.  It was named after the first publisher of children’s books in England, John Newbery.  From this list you will read some of the most classic stories and authors in modern literature. 

Award Year//Title/Author 

  • 2020: New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft
  • 2019: Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina 
  • 2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada
  • 2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 
  • 2016Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin)
  • 2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • 2014: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
  • 2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
  • 2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • 2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca
  • 2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
  • 2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • 2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
  • 2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
  • 2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • 2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
  • 2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
  • 2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • 2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
  • 2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  • 1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
  • 1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • 1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • 1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  • 1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • 1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • 1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
  • 1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • 1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • 1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
  • 1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • 1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
  • 1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • 1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • 1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • 1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
  • 1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
  • 1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
  • 1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan Blos
  • 1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • 1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • 1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • 1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
  • 1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
  • 1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
  • 1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • 1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 
  • 1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
  • 1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
  • 1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
  • 1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • 1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
  • 1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
  • 1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
  • 1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
  • 1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • 1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • 1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • 1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
  • 1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 
  • 1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • 1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
  • 1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • 1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
  • 1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
  • 1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
  • 1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • 1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • 1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  • 1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • 1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
  • 1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • 1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • 1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
  • 1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • 1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • 1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
  • 1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • 1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
  • 1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
  • 1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
  • 1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
  • 1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • 1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
  • 1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
  • 1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
  • 1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
  • 1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • 1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
  • 1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
  • 1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji 
  • 1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
  • 1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
  • 1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
  • 1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
  • 1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • 1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon 
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