Children's Book Awards


Newbery Medal Winners


The Newbery Medal, named after eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, is awarded each year by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Here you will find a list of the winning titles from 1922 to the present.

CALL # AUTHOR TITLE DATE
J DICAM DiCamillo, Kate Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
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.
2013
J APPLE Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan
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.
2012
J GANTO Gantos, Jack Dead End in Norvelt
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.
2011
J VANDE Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest
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.
2010
J STEAD Stead, Rebecca When You Reach Me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s 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.
2009
J GAIMA Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
2008
J812 SCHLI Schlitz, Laura Amy Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
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.
2007
J PATRO Patron, Susan The Higher Power of Lucky
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.
2006
J PERKI Perkins, Lynne Rae Criss Cross
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.
2005
J KADOH Kadohata, Cynthia Kira-Kira
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.
2004
J DICAM DiCamillo, Kate The Tale of Despereaux
The adventures of Desperaux 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.
2003
J AVI Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead
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.
2002
J PARK Park, Linda Sue A Single Shard
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.
2001
J PECK Peck, Richard A Year Down Yonder
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
2000
J CURTI Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy
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.
1999
J SACHA Sachar, Louis Holes
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.
1998
J HESSE Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
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.
1997
J KONIG Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday
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.
1996
J CUSHM Cushman, Karen The Midwife's Apprentice
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.
1995
J CREEC Creech, Sharon Walk Two Moons
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.
1994
J LOWRY Lowry, Lois The Giver
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.
1993
J RYLAN Rylant, Cynthia Missing May
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.
1992
J NAYLO Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh
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.
1991
J SPINE Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
1990
J LOWRY Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
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.
1989
J811 FLEIS Fleischman, Paul Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
1988
JB L638FRE Freedman, Russell Lincoln: A Photobiography
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
1987
J FLEIS Fleischman, Sid The Whipping Boy
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
1986
J MACLA MacLachlan, Patricia Sarah, Plain and Tall
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.
1985
J MCKIN McKinley, Robin The Hero and the Crown
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.
1984
J CLEAR Cleary, Beverly Dear Mr. Henshaw
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.
1983
J VOIGT Voigt, Cynthia Dicey's Song
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.
1982
J811 WILLA Willard, Nancy A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.
1981
J PATER Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
1980
J BLOS Blos, Joan W. A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832: A Novel
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.
1979
J RASKI Raskin, Ellen The Westing Game
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.
1978
J PATER Paterson, Katherine Bridge to Terabithia
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.
1977
J TAYLO Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The story of one African American family fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.
1976
J COOPE Cooper, Susan The Grey King
A strange boy and dog remind Will Stanton that he is an immortal, whose quest is to find the golden harp which will rouse others from a long slumber in the Welsh hills so they may prepare for the ultimate battle of Light versus Dark.
1975
J HAMIL Hamilton, Virginia M. C. Higgins, the Great
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.
1974
J FOX Fox, Paula The Slave Dancer
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.
1973
J GEORG George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves
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.
1972
J OBRIE O'Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
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.
1971
J BYARS Byars, Betsy Summer of the Swans
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.
1970
J ARMST Armstrong, William H. Sounder
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.
1969
J ALEXA Alexander, Lloyd The High King
In this final part of the chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in an ultimate confrontation, which determines the fate of Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper who wanted to be a hero.
1968
J KONIG Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
1967
J HUNT Hunt, Irene Up a Road Slowly
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a school teacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
1966
J TREVI Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de I, Juan de Pareja
Juan de Pareja, the slave who prepares the paints and canvases of the artist Velazquez, describes his work with his master and the climate of Spanish court life.
1965
J WOJCI Wojciechowska, Maia Shadow of a Bull
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.
1964
J NEVIL Neville, Emily It's Like This, Cat
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.
1963
J LENGL L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
1962
J SPEAR Speare, Elizabeth George The Bronze Bow
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.
1961
J ODELL O'Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins
The gripping story of young Karana, an Indian girl who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast. A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal.
1960
J KRUMG Krumgold, Joseph Onion John
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
1959
J SPEAR Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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.
1958
J KEITH Keith, Harold Rifles for Watie
The story of Jeff Bussey, a farm boy living in 1861, who joins the Union army and goes on an important mission to discover how Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee Rebels are receiving repeating rifles from northern manufacturers.
1957
J SOREN Sorensen, Virginia Miracles on Maple Hill
After her father returns from the war moody and tired, Marly's family decides to move from the city to Maple Hill Farm in the Pennsylvania countryside where they share many adventures which help restore their spirits and their bond with each other.
1956
J LATHA Latham, Jean Lee Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
After finding a way to teach the ship's crew members to understand navigation, Nat, a self-taught mathematician and astronomer in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, writes down his explanations and compiles them into "The American Practical Navigator," also known as the "Sailors' Bible."
1955
J DEJON DeJong, Meindert The Wheel on the School
Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.
1954
J KRUMG Krumgold, Joseph ...And Now Miguel
The story of twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez, who yearns in his heart to go with the men of his family on a long and hard sheep drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains- until his prayer is finally answered, with a disturbing and dangerous exchange.
1953
J CLARK Clark, Ann Nolan Secret of the Andes
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
1952
J ESTES Estes, Eleanor Ginger Pye
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.
1951
JB F779YA Yates, Elizabeth Amos Fortune, Free Man
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.
1950
J DEANG de Angeli, Marguerite The Door in the Wall
As the son of a nobleman, Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. When the great castle of Lindsay is in danger, Robin discovers that there is more than one way to serve his king.
1949
J HENRY Henry, Marguerite King of the Wind
Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian," ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses.
1948
J DUBOI Du Bois, William Pene The Twenty-One Balloons
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.
1947
J BAILE Bailey, Carolyn Sherwin Miss Hickory
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.
1946
J LENSK Lenski, Lois Strawberry Girl
Ten-year-old Birdie can not wait to pick the strawberries her family has planted at their new home in the Florida backwoods.
1945
J LAWSO Lawson, Robert Rabbit Hill
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.
1944
J FORBE Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
1943
J GRAY Gray, Elizabeth Janet Adam of the Road
Describes the adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of 13th-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.
1942
J EDMON Edmonds, Walter The Matchlock Gun
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
1941
J SPERR Sperry, Armstrong Call It Courage
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.
1940
JB B644D Daugherty, James Daniel Boone
Tells the story of the life of the rugged frontiersman and pioneer leader who helped settle Kentucky.
1939
J ENRIG Enright, Elizabeth Thimble Summer
Garnet is sure a silver thimble she found by the river was full of magic because the whole summer on the farm in Wisconsin has been full of exciting adventures.
1938
J398.2 SERED Seredy, Kate The White Stag
Retells the legendary story of the Huns' and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.
1937
J SAWYE Sawyer, Ruth Roller Skates
Liberated for a year from her parents' restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians as she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.
1936
J BRINK Brink, Carol Ryrie Caddie Woodlawn
Chronicles the adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.
1935
J SHANN Shannon, Monica Dobry
There is always something to look forward to in Dobry's small Bulgarian village. From the delicious peppers and tomatoes he helps his mother and grandfather grow, to the visiting Gypsy Bear, to the Snow-Melting games that are the highlight of winter, Dobry lives within the circle of the year--and uses it in the art he shares with his friend Neda.
1934
JB AL19M Meigs, Cornelia Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women
This biographical novel traces the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as "Little Women."
1933
J LEWIS Lewis, Elizabeth Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
1932
J ARMER Armer, Laura Adams Waterless Mountain
This deeply moving and accurate account of one young Navaho's childhood and spiritual journey is filled with wonder and respect for the natural world--a living record of the Navaho way of life before the influence of the white man.
1931
J COATS Coatsworth, Elizabeth The Cat Who Went to Heaven
A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.
1930
J FIELD Field, Rachel Hitty, Her Frist Hundred Years
Hitty, a carved wooden doll, tells the story of her eventful life.
1929
J KELLY Kelly, Eric P. The Trumpeter of Krakow
A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy's memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.
1928
J MUKER Mukerji, Dhan Gopal Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
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.
1927
J JAMES James, Will Smoky, the Cowhorse
The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.
1926
J CHRIS Chrisman, Arthur Bowie Shen of the Sea
A series of fascinating Chinese stories, strong in humor and rich in Chinese wisdom, in which the author has caught admirably the spirit of Chinese life and thought.
1925
J398.2 FINGE Finger, Charles Tales from Silver Lands
Presents a series of stories about animals, magic, witches, giants, and other beings from Central and South America.
1924
J HAWES Hawes, Charles The Dark Frigate
In seventeenth-century England, orphaned Philip Marsham, forced to flee London after a terrible accident, finds himself in an even more difficult situation when his ship is taken over by pirates and he is forced to become a member of their crew.
1923
J LOFTI Lofting, Hugh The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Tells the story of the good doctor who learned the languages of animals and made adventurous voyages.
1922
J909 VANLO van Loon, Hendrik Willem The Story of Mankind
Beginning with primitive man, Van Loon sets out to trace the various strands of civilization, from art to agriculture to religion, focusing on the importance of singular events and individuals.
1921

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