Newbery Winners

     Each year the Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s books published the previous year. The first Newbery Award winner was announced in 1922. The award is named for the eighteenth-century English book-seller John Newbery. The purpose of the Newbery Medal is "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children’s reading interests, and opportunity to encourage good writing in this field." The Newbery Award thus became the first children’s book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children’s book award in the United States.

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Year Book Title More Info  
2005 Kira-Kira (hardcover) or (paperback) (Cynthia Kadohata) Details
2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread (Kate DiCamillo) fict33705
2003 Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Avi) fict33706
2002 A Single Shard ( lang33565 =-=
2001 A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck) fict33698 =-=
2000 Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis) fict33694 =-=
1999 Holes (Louis Sachar) fict33696 =-=
1998 Out of the Dust (Karen Hesse) fict14185
1997 The View From Saturday (E. L. Konigsburg) fict14186
1996 The Midwife's Apprentice (Karen Cushman) fict14187
1995 Walk Two Moons (Sharon Creech) fict14188
1994 The Giver (Lois Lowry)  
1993 Missing May (Cynthia Rylant) Details
1992 Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) Details
1991 Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli) fict14192  
1990 Number the Stars (Lois Lowry) fict14193  
1989 Joyful Noise (Paul Fleischman, illus by Eric Beddows) fict14194  
1988 Lincoln: A Photobiography (Russell Freedman) biog33702  
1987 The Whipping Boy (Sid Fleischman) fict33691  
1986 Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan) fict33692  
1985 The Hero and the Crown (Robin McKinley) fict33693  
1984 Dear Mr. Henshaw (Beverly Cleary) fict33700  
1983 Dicey's Song (Cynthia Voigt) fict 33703  
1982 A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers (Nancy Willard) fict33701
1981 Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson) fict14173
1980 A Gathering of Days (Joan Blos) fict14174
1979 The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin) fict14175
1978 Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson) fict33695
1977 Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (Mildred Taylor) fict33699
1976 The Grey King (Susan Cooper) fict33697
1975 M.C. Higgins, The Great (Virginia Hamilton) fict14179
1974 The Slave Dancer (Paula Fox) fict14180
1973  Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George) fict14181
1972 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert O'Brien) fict14182
1971 The Summer of the Swans (Betsy Byars) fict14183
1970 Sounder (William H. Armstrong) fict14184