Newbery Award Winners

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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 blue.


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?


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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?


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.


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.


2006 - Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins, 337 pages

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.