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Newbery Award Winners

  I did the Research so you don't have to!

A literary award given by the Association of Library Service to Children to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". Created in 1921, it's the first award created to acknowledge children's literature. Up to five Honor awards can be awarded to runner-ups. The award is given in January or February for books published the previous year in America, and in English. Currently this list goes back to 2000, but I'm working on adding them all.  ** Books I've read are in bold and reviewed books are bold and purple.

the last cuent5ista

2022 - The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera, 320 pages

The Last Cuentista is a mesmerizing science fiction tale for the ages, sprinkled with Mexican folklore. Petra Pena’s journey through space and time is a stunning reminder of the power of stories, and how those stories shape both our past and future. This brilliant space epic is a must-read for fans of The Giver

when you trap a tiger

2021 - When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller, 297 pages

When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now, the tigers want it back.

new kid

2020 - New Kid by Jerry Craft, 256 pages

Seventh grader loves to draw cartoons about his life but instead of going to art school his parents send him to an upscale academics focused school where he is one of the few kids of color in his grade. How can he fit in both worlds?

merci suarez changes gears book cover

2019 - Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, 355 pages

Sixth grader Merci navigates her new private school as a scholarship student, her grandfather's deteriorating health, and interactions with privileged students.

hello universe book cover

2018 - Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, 320 pages

Four kids' lives intertwine unexpectedly when a prank gets out of hand and a kid goes missing. Kids band together to save/find the lost and give the bully a comuppance. 

the girl who drank the moon book cover

2017 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, 388 pages

A witch finds an abandoned baby in the woods, feeds her moonbeams which gives her powerful magic. At 13 years old the magic begins to bloom and the girl must use it to save those that saved her.

last stop on market street book cover

2016 - Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, 32 pages

On a bus ride across town a little boy can't understand why they have to go to the dirty part of town, why he can't have an ipod until his grandma gives him answers that show the fun and beauty in their routine.

the crossover book cover

2015 - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, 245 pages

Told in rap verse, the story of twin boys with basketball skills in this middle grade novel. As they realize breaking the rules comes with a price, it becomes a problem for the whole family.

flora and ulysses book review

2014 - Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate diCamillo, 231 pages

A novel with comic strip inserts about little girl Flora who saves squirrel Ulysses who then has super powers. They have adventures and she discovers hope and the value of a big heart.

the one and only ivan book review

2013 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, 307 pages

Ivan the gorilla lives in a glass cage in a mall, his only friends an aging elephant and stray dog. He lives for his art until a baby elephant joins the group and makes him see his life with new eyes.

dead end in norvelt book cover

2012 - Dead End in Norvelt #1 by Jack Gantos, 341 pages

Melding some historical truth and lots of fantasy, this is the story of a summer of surprises when Jack is made to help an elderly neighbor type up obituaries for two months.

moon over manifest book cover

2011 - Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, 368 pages

A young girl secretly visits her dad's home town to try to learn about his past, makes some new friends that help her investigate, and finds that the town is full of secrets and colorful characters.

when you reach me book cover

2010 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, 199 pages

Miranda is a normal 6th grader until she starts getting messages from someone who knows all about her, even things that haven't happened yet and they imply that she can help prevent a death - the last note makes her think she's too late. 

the graveyard book book cover

2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 307 pages

Bod is a boy who is the only living resident of a graveyard. He was raised by ghosts and werewolves and has learned all their tricks. Can he manage living in both the world of the living and the dead?

good voices, sweet ladies book cover

2008 - Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz, 96 pages

Illustrated in pen and ink, step back into 1255 England and meet 22 villagers.

the higher power of lucky book cover

2007 - The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, 144 pages

A little girl and her dog run away from her guardian into the Mojave Desert because she thinks she's going to be put into an orphanage and have to leave her friends. She didn't count on a dust storm.

criss cross book cover

2006 - Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins, 337 pages

A quiet, thoughtful book about kids growing up and learning things they need to know.

kira kira book cover

2005 - Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata, 368 pages

Katie's sister Lynn always sees the best, the glittering, in everything. When they leave their Japanese community in Iowa and move to Georgia, Lynn helps Katie see beyond tomorrow and the struggles they have. When Lynn gets very ill, it's Katie's turn to find the glittering.

the tale of despereaux book cover

2004 - The Tale of Despereaux by Kate diCamillo, 267 pages

A brave mouse, an envious rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together and have adventures.

crispin the cross of lead book cover

2003 - Crispin: The Cross of Lead #1 by Avi, 262 pages

A 13 year old peasant boy in medieval England with no name finds himself accused of something he didn't do so he must run away if he wants to live. When he leaves, he has a newly revealed name and his mom's cross.

a single shard book cover

2002 - A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, 368 pages

An orphan boy dreams of being able to make his own celadon pot one day but when he is accepted as an apprentice, he finds how much work is involved. He's determined to prove himself as he undertakes a long journey to the palace alone, with but a single shard.

a year down yonder book cover

2001 - A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, 160 pages

A 15 year old girl faces living a year with her unpredictable grandmother.

bud not buddy book cover

2000 - Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, 243 pages

A motherless boy on the run is trying to find his dad, using a flyer he found from his mom's things, his suitcase full of special things. Nothing will stop him, not even hunger, fear, or vampires.

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