Newbery Awards 1922-2013 - Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School

Newbery Awards 1922-2013 - Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School

2013 Newbery Medal Winner


The 2013 Newbery Medal winner is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, published by

HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Ivan’s transformative emergence from the “Ape at Exit 8” to “The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,”

comes to life through the gorilla’s own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep

emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope and humanity.

“Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla’s-eye-view of the world that

challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves.”

2013 Newbery Honor

2012 Winner

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz , published by Candlewick Press

Lizzie Rose, Parsefall and Clara are caught in the clutches of a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch in

this deliciously dark and complex tale set in Dickensian England, where adventure and suspense are

interwoven into nuanced explorations of good versus evil.

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve

Sheinkin, published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.

Balancing intersecting threads of scientific discovery, political intrigue and military strategy, “Bomb” is a

riveting historical nonfiction drama. Sheinkin’s engaging narrative explores the complex series of events

that led to the creation of the ultimate weapon and introduces many memorable personalities involved in

the pursuit.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of

Penguin Young Readers Group.

In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the eccentric residents

of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery, adventure and small-town intrigue

as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.

Dead End in Norvelt , by Jack Gantos

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.

2012 Honors

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers

leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. A novel in verse.

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police

take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

2011 Winner

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

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.


2011 Honors

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent

to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

A collection of poems that celebrate the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that

hide in the dark.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a

remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he

becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they

barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their

mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black

Panther summer camp.

2010 Winner

When You Reach Me , by Rebecca Stead

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.

2010 Honors

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a

white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a

crucial civil rights case.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from

the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an

important discovery.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest

to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick

Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother,

Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.

2009 Winner

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised

lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

2009 Honors

The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house,

endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.


The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, by Margarita Engle

A collection of poems in which Rosa, a healer, describes her experiences trying to help Cuban peasants who have been

forced to leave their farms and villages in 1896 and given eight days to find their way to "re-concentration camps" or be


Savvy, by Ingrid Law

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique

to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

After Tupac & D Foster, by Jacqueline Woodson

This tightly woven novel looks back on two years in a New York City neighborhood, where life changes for two 11-yearolds

when a new girl joins their game of double Dutch. Bonded by Tupac's music, the three girls explore the lure of

freedom and build a friendship that redefines their own identities.

2008 Winner

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of

village and manor; from Hugo, the lord's nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler. Schlitz's elegant monologues and dialogues draw

back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add

information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.

2008 Honors

Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah is the first free-born child in Buxton, a Canadian community of escaped slaves, in 1860. With masterful storytelling,

vibrant humor, and poignant insight into the realities of slavery and the meaning of freedom, Curtis takes readers on a

journey that transforms a “fra-gile” 11-year-old boy into a courageous hero.

The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt

Seventh-grader, Holling Hoodhood, is convinced his teacher hates him. Through their Wednesday afternoon

Shakespeare sessions she helps him cope with events both wildly funny and deadly serious. “To thine own self be true”

is just one of the life lessons he learns.

Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson

Feathers is the story of how a new boy's arrival in a sixth-grade classroom helps Frannie recognize the barriers that

separate people, and the importance of hope as a bridge. Transcendent imagery and lyrical prose deftly capture a girl

learning to navigate the world through words.

2007 Winner

The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron

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.

2007 Honors

Penny from Heaven, by Jennifer L. Holm

As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning

a secret about her father's death.

Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson

After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in

1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.

Rules, by Cynthia Lord

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further

complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.


2006 Winner

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.

2006 Honors

Whittington, by Alan Armstrong

Whittington, a feline descendant of Dick Whittington's famous cat of English folklore, appears at a rundown barnyard

plagued by rats and restores harmony while telling his ancestor's story.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

A photo-illustrated look at the youth organizations Adolf Hitler founded and used to meet his sociopolitical and military

ends; includes profiles of individual Hitler Youth members as well as young people who opposed the Nazis, such as Hans

and Sophie Scholl.

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale

While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old

Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Show Way, by Jacqueline Woodson

A mother passes on the tradition of making quilts, or "Show ways", that serve as secret maps for freedom seeking slaves.

2005 Winner

Kira-Kira, by 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.

2005 Honors

Al Capone does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to

contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights,

by Russell Freedman

Tells the life story of singer Marian Anderson, describing her famous 1939 Lincoln Memorial performance and explaining

how she helped end segregation in the American arts after being refused the right to perform at Washington's Constitution

Hall because of the color of her skin.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt

In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright

Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers--and Turner's—want

to change into a tourist spot.

2004 Winner

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread,

by Kate DeCamillo

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.

2004 Honors

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a

classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.


An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,

by Jim Murphy

Provides an account of the yellow fever epidemic that swept through Philadelphia in 1793, discussing the chaos that erupted

when people began evacuating in droves, leaving the city without government, goods, or services, and examining efforts by

physicians, the Free African Society, and others to cure and care for the sick.

2003 Winner

Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by 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.

2003 Honors

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old

leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reilly Giff

A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she

was happy was in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing

owls living in a proposed construction site.

A Corner of the Universe, by Ann M. Martin

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who

works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan

Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's

Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

2002 Winner

A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge near a potters' village, and longs to learn

how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

2002 Honors

Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath

Eleven-year-old Primrose, who lives in a small fishing village in British Columbia, recounts her experiences and all that

she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Carver: A Life in Poems, by Marilyn Nelson

A collection of poems that combine to provide a portrait of the life of nineteenth-century African-American botanist

and inventor George Washington Carver.

2001 Winner

A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck (Sequel to A Long Way from Chicago (1999 Honor book)

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.

2001 Honors

Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things

that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.


Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work

as a waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign

to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

Joey Pigza Loses Control, by Jack Gantos

Sequel to: Joey Pigza swallowed the key. Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired,

goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he

coaches win the championship.

The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five

foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

2000 Winner

Bud, Not Buddy , by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell runs away from a foster home and begins an unforgettable journey in search of his father.

His only clues are old flyers left by his now-deceased mother that point to a legendary jazz bandleader.

2000 Honors

Getting Near to Baby , by Audrey Couloumbis

Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob

helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come to terms with the death of their family's baby.

Our Only May Amelia , by Jennifer L. Holm

As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a

lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.

26 Fairmount Avenue , by Tomie dePaola

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

1999 Winner

Holes, by Louis Sachar

The heir to his family's curse of bad luck, Stanley Yelnats is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. He serves his sentence

at Camp Green Lake, a dry, flat wasteland where the warden assigns each inmate the task of digging one deep hole every

day. Hole by hole, Stanley and his friend Zero dig their destiny.

1999 Honor

A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their

larger-than-life grandmother.

1998 Winner

Out of the Dust, by 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.

1998 Honors

Lily’s Crossing, by Patricia Reilly Giff

During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see

the war and her own world differently.

Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order

given to her.


Wringer, by Jerry Spinelli

As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find

the courage to oppose it.

1997 Winner

The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsburg

A special bond develops among the four sixth graders who, along with their teacher/coach, Mrs. Olinski, comprise a

surprisingly—in fact amazingly—successful Academic Bowl team.

1997 Honors

A Girl Named Disaster, by Nancy Farmer

While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl,

struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

Moorchild, by Eloise McGraw

Feeling that she is neither fully human nor "Folk," a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human

child whose place she had been given.

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure, which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will

attempt to steal a precious stone.

Belle Prater’s Boy, by Ruth White

When Woodrow's mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents' home in a small Virginia town where

he befriends his cousin and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives.

1996 Winner

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.

1996 Honors

What Jamie Saw, by Carolyn Coman

Having fled to a family friend's hillside trailer after his mother's boyfriend tried to throw his baby sister against a wall,

nine-year-old Jamie finds himself living an existence full of uncertainty and fear.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan,

are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Yolanda’s Genius, by Carol Fenner

After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines

to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.

The Great Fire, by Jim Murphy

Photographs and text, along with personal accounts of actual survivors tell the story of the great fire of 1871 in Chicago.

1995 Winner

Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

Salamanca Sugar Maple Tree Hiddle, also known as Sal, tells the tale of her best friend, Phoebe, whose mother has

disappeared. At the same time, Sal is on a quest to find her own mother, whose death she refuses to accept.

1995 Honors

Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman

The daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her


longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, by Nancy Farmer

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant

detectives use their special powers to search for them.

1994 Winner

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

This story is set in the future—one where life seems to have become beautifully organized and simple. But Jonas,

a 12- year-old boy, discovers the truth about this seemingly perfect world when his training is turned over to The Giver.

1994 Honors

Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly

As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood

outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son.

Dragon’s Gate, by Laurence Yep

Sequel to: Mountain light. When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America

to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra

Nevada mountains in 1867.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, by Russell Freedman

A biography of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.

1993 Winner

Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant

When her Aunt May dies, a little bit of Summer and her uncle Ob dies too. But then they undertake a journey with a


in search of May that lets Ob and Summer turn a corner in their grieving.

1993 Honors

Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, by Patricia McKissack

A collection of ghost stories with African-American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty—the half hour

before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.

Somewhere in the Darkness, by Walter Dean Myers

A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be an often painful

time of discovery for them both.

What Hearts, by Bruce Brook

After his mother divorces his father and remarries, Asa's sharp intellect and capacity for forgiveness help him deal with the

instabilities of his new world.

1992 Winner

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.

1992 Honors

The Wright Brothers: How the Invented the Airplane, by Russell Freedman

Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel, by Avi

A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.


1991 Winner

Maniac Magee, 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.

1991 Honor

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi

Thirteen-year-oldCharlotte Doyle, the only passenger on a voyage from England to America in 1832, must take serious

Matters into her own hands when she learns that the captain is murderous.

1990 Winner

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annamarie learns how to be brave and courageous

when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

1990 Honors

Afternoon of the Elves, by Janet Taylor Lisle

As Hillary works in the miniature village, allegedly built by elves, in Sara-Kate's backyard, she becomes more and more

curious about Sara-Kate's real life inside her big, gloomy house with her mysterious, silent mother.

Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind, by Suzanne Fisher

When eleven-year-old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in

marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the

custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.

The Winter Room, by Gary Paul

A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his old Norwegian

uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past.

1989 Winner

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two voices, by Paul Fleischman

A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.

1989 Honors

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World, by Virginia Hamilton

An illustrated collection of twenty-five myths from various parts of the world explaining the creation of the world.

Scorpions, by Walter Dean Myers

After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him

with respect when he acquires a gun--until a tragedy occurs.

1988 Winner

Lincoln: A Photobiography, by Russell Freedman

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

1988 Honors

After the Rain, by Norma Fox Mazer

After discovering her grandfather is dying, fifteen-year-old Rachel gets to know him better than ever before and finds

the experience bittersweet.

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness and learns to survive with only the

aid of a hatchet given him by his mother. He also learns to survive his parents' divorce.


1987 Winner

The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming

involved with dangerous outlaws.

1987 Honors

A Fine White Dust, by Cynthia Rylant

The visit of the traveling Preacher Man to his small North Carolina town gives new impetus to thirteen-year-old Peter's

struggle to reconcile his own deeply felt religious belief with the beliefs and non-beliefs of his family and friends.

On My Honor, by Marion Bauer

When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go

near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their


Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens, by Patricia Lauber

An account of how and why Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980 and the destruction it caused, and a discussion of

the return of life to that area.

1986 Winner

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come to live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are

captivated by her and hope that she will stay.

1986 Honors

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, by Robert Blumberg

Details Commodore Matthew Perry's role in opening Japan's closed society to world trade in the 1850s, one of history's

most significant diplomatic achievements.

Dog Song, by Gary Paulsen

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled

across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.

1985 Winner

The Hero and the Crown, by 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.

1985 Honors

Like Jake and Me, by Mavis Jukes

Alex feels that he does not have much in common with his stepfather Jake until a fuzzy spider brings them together.

The Moves Make the Man, by Bruce Brooks

A black boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.

The One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox

An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his new air rifle, subsequently suffers from guilt, and eventually assumes

responsibility for it.

1984 Winner

Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary

In his letters to his favorite author, 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.


1984 Honors

The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth Speare

Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until

local Indians teach him their skills.

A Solitary Blue, by Cynthia Voigt

Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a

gap that only truth, love, and friendship can heal.

Sugaring Time, by Katherine Lasky

Text and photographs show how a family taps the sap from maple trees and processes it into maple syrup.

The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree, by Bill Brittain

When a strange little man comes to the Coven Tree Church Social promising he can give people exactly what they ask

for, three young believers-in-magic each make a wish that comes true in the most unexpected way.

1983 Winner

Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt

Sequel to Homecoming. Now that the four abandoned children are settled in with their

grandmother, Dicey must decide what she wants for her siblings and herself.

1986 Honors

Graven Images, by Paul Fleischman

A collection of three stories about a child who reads the lips of those who whisper secrets into a statue's ear; a

daydreaming shoemaker's apprentice who must find ways to make the girl he loves notice him; and a stone carver who

creates a statue of a ghost.

Doctor De Soto, by William Steig

Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the

day a fox comes to him in great pain.

The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she

is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, by Virginia Hamilton

Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the

ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems.

Homesick: My Own Story, by Jean Fritz

The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920's.

1982 Winner

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, by Nancy Willard

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

1982 Honors

Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary

With her father returning to college and her mother working full time, Ramona muddles through the hard times at

school and home and proves to be big enough for her family to depend on.

Upon the Head of a Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944, by Aranka Siegal

Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her

hometown in Hungary and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto.

1981 Winner


Jacob Have I Loved, by 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.

1981 Honors

The Fledgling, by Jane Langton

Georgie's fondest hope, to be able to fly, is fleetingly fulfilled when she is befriended by a Canada goose.

Ring of Endless Light, by Madeline L’Engle

During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort

with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.

1980 Winner

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832, by Joan W. Blos

The journal of a fourteen-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.

1980 Honors

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl, by David Kherdian

Continued from the author's Finding home. A biography of the author's mother concentrating on her childhood in

Turkey before the Turkish government deported its Armenian population.

1979 Winner

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.

1979 Honor

The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson

An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be


1978 Winner

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

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.

1978 Honors

Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary

The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey, by Jamake Highwater

Traraditional tales from North American Indian tribes woven into one story that relates the adventures of one boy as he

grows to manhood.

1977 Winner

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

A black family in the South during the 1930s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t



1977 Honors

Abel’s Island, by William Steig

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the

limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

A String in the Harp, by Nancy Bond

Relates what happens to three American children, unwillingly transplanted to Wales for one year, when one of them

finds an ancient harp-tuning key that takes him back to the time of the great sixth-century bard Taliesin.

1976 Winner

The Grey King, by 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.

1976 Honors

The Hundred Penny Box, by Sharon Bell Mathis

Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him to intercede with his mother, who wants to toss

out all her old things.

Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep

In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of

making a flying machine.

1975 Winner

M. C. Higgins, the Great, by 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.

1975 Honors

Figgs & Phantoms, by Ellen Raskin

Chronicles the adventures of the unusual Figg family after they left show business and settled in the town of Pineapple.

My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the

rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope

In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an

underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe, by Bette Greene

Eleven-year-old Beth thinks that Philip Hall likes her, but their on-again, off-again relationship sometimes makes her


1974 Winner

The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox

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.

1974 Honor

The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical

Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.


1973 Winner

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Escaping from an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl gets lost on the Alaskan tundra and is befriended

by a wolf pack.

1973 Honors

Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel

Five further adventures of two best friends as they share cookies, plant a garden, and test their bravery.

The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss

A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's

house during World War II.

The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

A lonely twelve-year-old is convinced that the cat she finds is possessed by a witch and is responsible for her own

strange behavior.

1972 Winner

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

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.

1972 Honors

Annie and the Old One, by Miska Miles

A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her


The Headless Cupid, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Life is never quite the same again for eleven-year-old David after the arrival of his new stepsister, a student of the


Incident at Hawk’s Hill, by Allan W. Eckert

A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.

The Planet of Junior Brown, by Virginia Hamilton

Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of

protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all


The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. LeGuin

Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.

1971 Winner

The Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars

A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.

1971 Honors

Kneeknock Rise, by Natalie Babbitt

A young boy named Egan sets out to prove that the strange sounds coming from the top of the Mammoth Mountains

near his aunt and uncle's home--which the villagers believe are the cries of a mysterious monster--have a reasonable


Enchantress from the Stars, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl

Three civilizations from different planets in widely varying stages of development clash in what could be either a


mutually disastrous or beneficial encounter.

Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O’Dell

A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the

white soldiers.

1970 Winner

Sounder, by William H. Armstrong

A young Negro boy learns the pain of humiliation and anger when his father is given an unjust jail sentence for stealing

a ham from a white man. Learning to read and to discover that things do not die, but become part of other things,

brings the youngster new hope.

1970 Honors

Our Eddie, by Sulamith Ish-Kishor

Teenaged Eddie tries to make up to his family for his father's lack of warmth and financial support, but seems doomed

to tragedy at every turn.

The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art, by Janet Gaylord Moore

Journey Outside, by Mary Q. Steele

The Raft People live in darkness and travel a circular journey on an underground river. One boy finds his way outside

and tries to learn as much as possible so he can ultimately lead his people to the Better Place.

1969 Winner

The High King, by Lloyd Alexander

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

1969 Honors

To Be a Slave, by Julius Lester

A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves

about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century.

When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories, by Isaac Bashevis Singer

1968 Winner

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg

Two suburban children run away from their Connecticut home and go to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art,

where their ingenuity enables them to live in luxury.

1968 Honors

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, by E. L. Konigsburg

The Black Pearl, by Scott O’Dell

The Fearsome Inn, by Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1967 Winner

Up a Road Slowly, by Irene Hunt

A seven-year-old orphan goes to live with her aunt, where she learns new values as she grows to young womanhood.


1967 Honors

The King’s Fifth, by Scott O’Dell

Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, by Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Jazz Man, by Mary Hays Weik

1966 Winner

I, Juan de Pareja, by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Juan de Pareja, a slave, and his master, Velazquez, the 17th century Spanish court painter, developed a relationship of

friendship and equality.

1966 Honors

The Black Cauldron, by Lloyd Alexander

The Animal Family, by Randall Jarrell

The Noonday Friends, by Mary Stolz

1965 Winner

Shadow of a Bull, by Maia Wojciechowska

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.

1965 Honor

Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the

difficult years of the Civil War.

1964 Winner

It’s Like This, Cat, by Emily Cheney Neville

A quietly humorous story of one kind of contemporary New York City boyhood, a fourteen year-old

and his family, his friends, and a stray tomcat.

1964 Honors

Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, by Sterling North

The Loner, by Ester Wier

1963 Winner

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

Three extraterrestrial beings take Meg and her friends to another world.

1963 Honors

Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland, by Sorche Nic Leodhas

Men of Athens, by Olivia Coolidge

1962 Winner

The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare


A young boy seeks revenge against the Romans for killing his parents, but is turned away from vengeance by Jesus.

1962 Honors

Frontier Living, by Edwin Tunis

The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Belling the Tiger, by Mary Stolz

1961 Winner

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by 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.

1961 Honors

America Moves Forward: A History for Peter, by Gerald W. Johnson

Old Ramon, by Jack Schaefer

The Cricket in Times Square, by George Seldon

1960 Winner

Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold

Andy and old Onion John are good friends. Then Andy’s father tries to change Onion John’s way of life and the

problems begin.

1960 Honors

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

America is Born: A History for Peter, by Gerald W. Johnson

The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

1959 Winner

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

A young girl’s rebellion against bigotry culminates in a terrifying witch hunt and trial.

1959 Honors

The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson

Along Came a Dog, by Meindert Dejong

Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa, by Francis Kalnay

The Perilous Road, by William O. Steele

1958 Winner

Rifles for Watie, by Harold Keith

The struggles and hardships faced by Jeff Bussey on his escape route during the Civil War.

1958 Honors

The Horsecatcher, by Mari Sandoz


Gone-Away Lake, by Elizabeth Enright

The Great Wheel, by Robert Lawson

Tom Paine, Freedom’s Apostle, by Leo Gurko

1957 Winner

Miracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorenson

Ten-year-old Marly and her family move from the city to Grandmother’s old Pennsylvania farmhouse, hoping that the

outdoor life will restore Father’s health.

1957 Honors

Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson

The House of Sixty Fathers, by Meindert Dejong

Mr. Justice Holmes, by Lara Ingram Judson

The Corn Grows Ripe, by Dorothy Rhoads

Black Fox of Lorne, by Marguerite de Angeli

1956 Winner

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham

A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship’s

captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.

1956 Honors

The Secret River, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Golden Name Day, by Jennie Lindquist

Men, Microscopes, and Living Things, by Katherine Shippen

1955 Winner

The Wheel on the School, by Meindert Dejong

The residents of a small town in Holland try to bring storks to nest in their village.

1955 Honors

Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh

Banner in the Sky, by James Ullman

1954 Winner

. . . And Now Miguel, by Joseph Krumgold

Miguel lives with his family on a sheep ranch in New Mexico. More than anything else, he longs to go with the men to

the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

1954 Honors

All Alone, by Claire Huchet Bishop

Shadrach, by Meindert Dejong


Hurry Home, Candy, by Meindert Dejong

Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot, by Clara Ingram Judson

Magic Maize, by Mary and Conrad Buff

1953 Winner

Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark

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

1953 Honors

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Moccasin Trail, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Red Sails to Capri, by Ann Weil

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice Dalgliesh

Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1, by Genevieve Foster

1952 Winner

Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes

The Pye family is happy until a man with a mustard-colored hat appears and Ginger, their dog, disappears.

1952 Honors

Americans Before Columbus, by Elizabeth Baity

Minn of the Mississippi, by Holling C. Holling

The Defender, by Nicholas Kalashnikoff

The Light at Tern Rock, by Julia Sauer

The Apple and the Arrow, by Mary and Conrad Buff

1951 Winner

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

A biography of Amos Fortune, born the son of an African king, but captured at 15 and sold as a slave in Massachusetts.

He purchased his freedom when he was 60 and became a respected citizen.

1951 Honors

Better Known as Johnny Appleseed, by Mabel Leigh Hunt

Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword, by Jeanette Eaton

Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People, by Clara Ingram Judson

The Story of Appleby Capple, by Anne Parrish

1950 Winner

The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli

The crippled son of a great lord in 14th century England must overcome his disabilities in order to serve his king.


1950 Honors

Tree of Freedom, by Rebecca Caudill

The Blue Cat of Castle Town, by Catherine Coblentz

Kildee House, by Rutherford Montgomery

George Washington, by Genevieve Foster

Song of the Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin, by Walter and Marion Havighurst

1949 Winner

King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry

Traces the abuses and triumphs of the Arabian stallion who became a bounding sire of the thoroughbred breed, and of

the mute Arabian boy who tended him as long as he lived.

1949 Honors

Seabird, by Holling C. Holling

Daughter of the Mountain, by Louise Rankin

My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth S. Gannett

Story of the Negro, by Arna Bontemps

1948 Winner

The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois

Three weeks after leaving San Francisco in a balloon to fly across the Pacific, Professor Shermanis picked up in the

Atlantic clinging to wreckage.

1948 Honors

Pancakes—Paris, by Claire Huchet Bishop

Li Lun, Lad of Courage, by Carolyn Treffinger

The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot, by Catherine Besterman

The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories, by Harold Courlander

Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry

1947 Winner

Miss Hickory, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

Miss Hickory, a country woman whose body is an applewood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, survives a New

Hampshire winter in the company of Crow, Bullfrog, Groundhog and others. Wonderful Year, by Nancy Barnes

1947 Honors

Big Tree, by Mary and Conrad Buff

Wonderful Year, by Nancy Barnes

The Heavenly Tenants, by William Maxwell

The Avion My Uncle Flew, by Cyrus Fisher


The Hidden Treasure of Glaston, by Eleanor Jewett

1946 Winner

Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski

Birdie Boyer and her hard working family raise strawberries in Florida, but have to face the dislike of their neighbors.

1946 Honors

Justin Morgan Had a Horse, by Marguerite Henry

The Moved-Outers, by Florence Crannell Means

Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear, by Christine Weston

New Found World, by Katherine Shippen

1945 Winner

Rabbit Hill, by Robert Lawson

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

be good providers.

1945 Honors

The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

The Silver Pencil, by Alice Dalgliesh

Abraham Lincoln’s World, by Genevieve Foster

Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams, by Jeanetter Eaton

1944 Winner

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes

The Revolutionary War with its famous Boston Tea Party is described in this historical novel of the revolt in Boston.

1944 Honors

These Happy Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fog Magic, by Julia Sauer

Rufus M., by Eleanor Estes

Mountain Born, by Elizabeth Yates

1943 Winner

Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The adventures of an eleven-year-old boy in 13th century England as he searches for his father and his dog.

1943 Honors

The Middle Moffat, by Eleanor Estes

Have You Seen Tom Thumb?, by Mabel Leigh Hunt


1942 Winner

The Matchlock Gun, by Walter Edmonds

When ten-year-old Edward was left in the cabin to protect his family, he was able to place the heavy gun on the table

and point it out the window when the Indians attacked.

1942 Honors

Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

George Washington’s World, by Genevieve Foster

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison, by Lois Lenski

Down Ryton Water, by Eva Roe Gaggin

1941 Winner

Call it Courage, by Armstrong Perry

Although he is afraid of the sea, the son of a chief of Polynesians who worship courage sets forth alone in his canoe to

conquer his fear.

1941 Honors

Blue Willow, by Doris Gates

Young Mac of Fort Vancouver by Mary Jane Carr

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall

1940 Winner

Daniel Boone, by James H. Daugherty

Daniel Boone not only describes the life and adventures of the early explorer, but also presents an accurate account in

both words and pictures of American pioneer life and the journey westward.

1940 Honors

The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz, by Mabel Robinson

By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Boy with a Pack, by Stephen W. Meader

1939 Winner

Thimble Summer, by Elizabeth Enright

A few hours after Garnet Linden found a silver thimble in the dried-up river bed, the rains came to end the long drought

on the Wisconsin farm.

1939 Honors

Nino, by Valenti Angelo

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater

Hello the Boat!, by Phyllis Crawford


Leader by Destiny: George Washington, Man and Patriot , by Jeanette Eaton

Penn, by Elizabeth Janet Gray

1938 Winner

The White Stag, 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.

1938 Honors

Pecos Bill, by James Cloyd Bowman

Bright Island, by Mabel Robinson

On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

1937 Winner

Roller Skates, by Ruth Sawyer

For one glorious year, Lucinda Wyman was given the opportunity to explore New York City on roller skates. She meets

Patrick Gilligan, a hansom cab driver, policeman M’Gonegal, Vittore Cippicco, the fruit vendor and makes friends with

many others.

1937 Honors

Phoebe Fairchild: Her Book, by Lois Lensky

Whistler’s Van, by Idwal Jones

Golden Basket , by Ludwig Bemelmans

Winterbound, by Margery Bianco

Audubon, by Constance Rourke

The Codfish Musket, by Agnes Hewes

1936 Winner

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink

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

1936 Honors

Honk, the Moose, by Phil Stong

The Good Master, by Kate Seredy

Young Walter Scott, by Elizabeth Janet Gray

All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud, by Armstrong Sperry

1935 Winner

Dobry, by Monica Shannon

Dobry, a Bulgarian peasant boy, is helped by his artist grandfather to attain his ambition to

leave his village and study art.


1935 Honors

Pageant of Chinese History , by Elizabeth Seeger

Davy Crockett ,by Constance Rourke

Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch, by Hilda Van Stockum

1934 Winner

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author Little Women, by Cornelia Meigs

The life of Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of Little Women and Little Men is chronicled from her

childhood with her unconventional parents, through her experience as a civil war nurse and finally to her acceptance as

an accomplished author.

1934 Honors

The Forgotten Daughter, by Caroline Snedeker

Swords of Steel, by Elsie Singmaster

ABC Bunny, by Wanda Gag

Winged Girl of Knossos, by Erik Berry

New Land, by Sarah Schmidt

Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside, by Padraic Colum

Glory of the Seas, by Agnes Hewes

Apprentice of Florence, by Ann Kyle

1933 Winner

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis

The adventures of a young coppersmith’s apprentice in China

1933 Honors

Swift Rivers, by Cornelia Meigs

The Railroad to Freedom: A Story of the Civil War, by Hildegarde Swift

Children of the Soil: A Story of Scaninavia, by Nora Burglon

1932 Winner

Waterless Mountain, by Laura Adams Armer

A young Navaho boy undergoes eight years of training in the ancient beliefs of his people in order to become a Medicine


1932 Honors

The Fairy Circus, by Dorothy P. Lathrop

Calico Bush ,by Rachel Field

Boy of the South Seas, by Eunice Tietjens

Out of the Flame, by Eloise Lownsbery


Jane’s Island, by Marjorie Allee

Truce of the Wolf and Other Tales of Old Italy, by Mary Gould Davis

1931 Winner

The Cat Who Went to Heaven, by Elizabeth Coatsworth

The cat “Good Fortune” watches the Japanese artist as he paints the animals going one by one to do homage to the

Buddha. At long last, a miracle brings the cat into the picture.

1931 Honors

Floating Island, by Anne Parrish

The Dark Star of Itza: The Story of A Pagan Princess, by Alida Malkus

Queer Person, by Ralph Hubbard

Mountains are Free, by Julia Davis Adams

Spice and the Devil’s Cave, by Agnes Hewes

Meggy MacIntosh, by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Garram the Hunter: A boy of the Hill Tribes, by Herbert Best

Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer, by Alice Lide and Margaret Johansen

1930 Winner

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field

Hitty, a doll carved from mountain ash in the nineteenth century, has many adventures as she

travels around the world with different owners.

1930 Honors

Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland, by Jeanette Eaton

Pran of Albania, by Elizabeth Miller

Jumping-Off Place, by Marian Hurd McNeely

Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales, by Ella Young

Vaino, by Julia Davis Adams

Little Blacknose, by Hildegarde Swift

1929 Winner

The Trumpeter of Krakow, by Eric Philbrook Kelly

The commemoration of an act of bravery and self-sacrifice in ancient Poland saves the lives of a family two centuries


1929 Honors

Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo by John Bennett

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallock


Clearing Weather by Cornelia Meigs

Runaway Papoose by Grace Moon

Tod of the Fens by Elinor Whitney

1928 Winner

Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon, by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

Gay Neck, a brave carrier pigeon, and his master, a Hindu boy, help the Allies during World War I.

1928 Honors

The Wonder Smith and His Son, by Ella Young

Downright Dencey, by Caroline Snedeker

1927 Winner

Smoky, The Cowhorse, by Will James

Smoky’s life on the range, as a cowpony in a rodeo, and as a cart hose are vividly described in both words and pictures

by Will James, author and rodeo writer.

1926 Winner

Shen of the Sea, by Authur Bowie Chrisman

Sixteen short stories about Chinese life.

1926 Honor

Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery, by Padraic Colum

1925 Winner

Tales from Silver Lands, by Charles Joseph Finger

A collection of nineteen tales from the Indians of various South American countries.

1925 Honors

Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story, by Anne Carroll Moore

Dream Coach, by Anne Parrish

1924 Winner

The Dark Frigate, by Charles Boardman Hawes

A young man dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates and he becomes a member of their crew.

1923 Winner

The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting

Dr. Dolittle and his assistant, 10 year old Tommy Stubbins, travel to Spidermonkey Island in search of Long Arrow, the

famous Indian naturalist.

1922 Winner

The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem van Loon

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


1922 Honors

The Great Quest, by Charles Hawes

Cedric the Forester, by Bernard Marshall

The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure, by William


The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, by Padraic Colum

The Windy Hill, By Cornelia Meigs

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