RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

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And now for something completely different.

Last time I was at the library, I picked up a pamphlet listing all the Newbery Award winners (I also learned that "Newbery" only has one R). Paging through it, I realized I've read a ton of these books over the course of my life - mostly of my own accord, often not noticing until after the fact that they were recipients of the award in the first place. Am I unique in this experience, or have many of you followed this pattern too?

And so this list was born. I'm curious to see where your bolding drops off. I think it's fascinating to look over this list and see the books that everyone knows vs. the ones that have been all but forgotten. You don't have to annotate, but I did, for funsies. Wikipedia is also your friend, with all the winners navigable in a "succeeded by" link on the specific book pages, if you want to know what they were about.

Newbery Award Winners, 1922-2013
  • Bold the ones you have read
  • Strikethrough the ones you hated
  • Italicize the ones you want to read
  • * Put a star next to the ones you love
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting *
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James *
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field *
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
--Anyone who has not read this should go stand in a corner and think about their life/choices. V. short but so moving.
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
--I did not know this existed, but it sounds pretty great.
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
--I distinctly remember reading this title in fourth grade, but don't remember any of its content. Weird.
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
--Ooh, I own a copy of this - it came as part of a box of dog books.
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
--Sounds like a less sucky version of Watership Down.
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry *
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare *
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

--...I think? I feel like I have read it but I remember nothing
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong *
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George *
--One of the best things I ever read in school.
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
--Not read, but this is like my favorite book title of all time. I named three generations of sim horses after it: Thunderwith (itself a book title) sired Roll of Thunder sired Hear My Cry
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
--And due for a reread soon, because I think I liked it but I'm fuzzy.
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary *
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry *
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor *

--THIS IS THE BEST BOOK. I will forever be in awe of such a classic boy-and-dog story written so recently.
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
I skimmed it just to verify that the things my mother hated about it being taught in school were apt. (also, dystopia, so)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
--After bewilderingly cross-referencing my reading lists twice, I realized I started this but got so bored I couldn't finish.
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron *
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2013: The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
(side note: oh yay! good old K.A., movin' up in the world!)

TOTAL: 29/92. Huh. I thought it'd be higher.

 In looking over this list, I have determined two things:
1) The rules should be adjusted to restrict it to novels; these non-fiction books and poetry volumes are just rude to people trying to read everything on the list, and
2) Unlike many awards, these award largely great books. Even if I don't love them, I recognize why they won. Most of the time. I'm still a little iffy on the 21st century and will need those to percolate a while.

Feeling a bit under the weather today, so I'm going to curl up in bed and try to chew through some of this glorious pile of library books whose due dates are beginning to loom. Need to get back in the groove.
Tags: books, surveys

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