The Most Deserving Newbery
Here are all the Newbery winners from 1922 on. Vote for those that you think are most deserving!

See also:
Newbery Medal Honor Books

Newbery 2009
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1 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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2 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 453,514 ratings
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3 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 402,116 ratings
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4 Number the Stars
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 265,038 ratings
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5 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 235,831 ratings
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6 From the Mixed-Up Files of ...
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7 The Westing Game
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 82,113 ratings
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8 Island of the Blue Dolphins...
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9 The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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10 Walk Two Moons
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11 The Tale of Despereaux
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12 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of...
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13 The Graveyard Book
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14 Maniac Magee
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 82,605 ratings
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15 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cr...
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16 Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sara...
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17 Bud, Not Buddy
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18 When You Reach Me
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19 Out of the Dust
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20 Jacob Have I Loved
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21 The View from Saturday
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22 Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Bot...
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23 Johnny Tremain
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24 A Year Down Yonder (A Long ...
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25 The Twenty-One Balloons
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26 Shiloh (Shiloh, #1)
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27 The Midwife's Apprentice
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28 Caddie Woodlawn
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29 The Bronze Bow
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30 A Single Shard
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31 Julie of the Wolves (Julie ...
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32 The High King (The Chronicl...
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33 The Hero and the Crown (Dam...
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34 Kira-Kira
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35 The Whipping Boy
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36 The Grey King (The Dark is ...
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37 Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cyc...
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38 King of the Wind: The Story...
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39 Crispin: The Cross of Lead ...
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40 Sounder
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41 Moon Over Manifest
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42 The Higher Power of Lucky (...
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43 The Voyages of Doctor Dolit...
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44 The Door in the Wall
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45 The One and Only Ivan
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46 Call It Courage
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47 Up a Road Slowly
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48 Joyful Noise: Poems for Two...
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49 Lincoln: A Photobiography
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50 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
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51 Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
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52 The Wheel on the School
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53 Missing May
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53 Strawberry Girl
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55 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!...
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56 Rabbit Hill
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57 The Summer of the Swans
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58 The Slave Dancer
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59 Rifles for Watie
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60 I, Juan de Pareja
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61 Ginger Pye
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62 Smoky the Cow Horse
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63 Dead End in Norvelt
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64 The Trumpeter of Krakow
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65 Invincible Louisa: The Stor...
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66 Shadow Of A Bull
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67 Adam of the Road
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68 The White Stag
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69 Miracles on Maple Hill
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70 Flora and Ulysses: The Illu...
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71 The Cat Who Went to Heaven
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72 A Gathering of Days: A New ...
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73 Roller Skates
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74 ...And Now Miguel
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75 It's Like This, Cat
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76 A Visit to William Blake's ...
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77 Thimble Summer
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78 Miss Hickory
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79 The Dark Frigate
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80 The Story of Mankind
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81 The Matchlock Gun
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82 Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
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83 Amos Fortune, Free Man
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84 M.C. Higgins, the Great
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85 Secret of the Andes
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86 Onion John
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87 Criss Cross
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88 Waterless Mountain
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89 Gay Neck: The Story of a Pi...
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90 Shen of The Sea: Chinese St...
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91 Tales From Silver Lands
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92 Daniel Boone
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93 Dobry
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message 1: by Roxanne Hsu (new)

Roxanne Hsu Feldman Argh... there was a problem saving all the titles. Now I have to go back and add those that weren't entered properly. I added the whole entire list of the Newbery past winners but now only 48 is on the list. Oh, well.



message 2: by Colleen (new)

Colleen Venable HOLES wins my "best book" vote from the list, but in truth my personal #1 will always be THE WESTING GAME. I know its not as well written, but darn if it doesn't make me so happy every time I read it.


message 3: by Ivy (new)

Ivy  I like the idea of this list allot. I love sooo many of these books. I have to say though. I don't love the book Holes. I think that the giver is much better.


message 4: by Livvie (new)

Livvie I love almost all of these books. A couple I've never heard of but many are definately on my favorite book list. The Giver is probably my personal favorite though


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite color of M&M--they are all good. Although not every Newbery Award winner deserves the honor in my opinion, there are many really good books in their lists.


message 6: by Robin (last edited Feb 20, 2009 06:21AM) (new)

Robin I have a hard time choosing my favorite since each are different in genre and each had messages or strengths that I appreciated while reading!

Sill love the big discussion about which is our favorite!!!


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim this is fun, i've read about 40% of the Medal books since feb. and about twenty of the Honor books. currently reading Graveyard Book (wonderful) and the book that beat Charlotte's Web (gentle and slow). so far my favourites are Mixed up Files, Young Masters/Young Ladies and Dark Frigate.


message 8: by DaNae (new)

DaNae Um, if the Goodreads Gods are listening. There are quite a few books on the list that have not won Newberys. Unless it is a list of books that should have won, but that didn't seem to be the parameters.


message 9: by Lorie (new)

Lorie Idon't think they had Newberry's 50 years ago when I read my favorite young adult book. I still love it and read it every few years -- as have my daughters and my daughter's daughters -- and LOVED it: Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. So many generations have loved it, it's still in print.


message 10: by Lorie (new)

Lorie For sheer excitement, not to mention painless vocabulary building, nobody can beat Edgar Rice Burroughs! His books have inspired some of the greatest sci-fi writers and filmmakers in history. Tarzan! John Carter of Mars 1,2,& 3. In 60 years of reading several books every week (and being a published novelist and English teacher)I attest that NO author I've ever read had Burrough's huge vocabulary! Yet the context is so clear, you can tell what the words mean, even though you have never heard them before. And in today's lax society, you probably never WILL hear them spoken!
He wrote 65 books, all of which I have read numerous times. As each of my kids turned 12 or so, I read them PRINCESS OF MARS as a bedtime story, knowing that after the 3rd chapter, the kid would turn on the light after our goodnights and read all night. How to hook a kid on reading! A Princess of Mars


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Lorie, the first Newbery was 1921 or 1922. Story of Mankind was the first winner, ERB, in addition to being a pulp novelist was writing for a slightly older reader. try the Dark Frigate from the mid 20s and Smokey the Cowhorse for early 30s to see what erb would have been up against.


message 12: by Lorie (new)

Lorie Jim wrote: "Lorie, the first Newbery was 1921 or 1922. Story of Mankind was the first winner, ERB, in addition to being a pulp novelist was writing for a slightly older reader. try the Dark Frigate from the ..."

OK THANKS FOR THE TIP.



message 13: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Peck cool


message 14: by Jman (new)

Jman KOOL!!!


message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen Is this list supposed to include all the Honor books, or just the Medalists?


message 16: by Karen (new)

Karen Neither of the Penderwicks books were Newbery winners -- the first Penderwicks won the National Book award, but that's different.


message 17: by Hayes (new)

Hayes There are several non-winners here.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being a Newberry Medal winner:

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer (Honor)
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall
Rules, by Cynthia Lord (Honor)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall
Gossamer, by Lois Lowry
The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt (Honor)
The White Giraffe, by Lauren St. John
The Adventures of Monk the Monkey, by John Edgerton Stone IV
Malia and Teacup: Awesome African Adventure, by Molly Barrow
The Sword in the Tree, by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner (Honor)
Somewhere in the Darkness, by Walter Dean Myers (Honor)

Karen, I believe there is a list for the Honor winners. (And I think Charlotte's Web was winning it the last time I saw it.)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yep, I found the Honor list: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/18...

Currently Ella Enchanted is in a narrow lead over Charlotte's Web.


message 20: by Terri (new)

Terri This is a great idea...I'm always surprised when I see some on the list and I think others should have been there.


message 21: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Deleted a bunch of miscategorized books (Sadly, Roald Dahl has never won the Newbery. Neither has Kate Gosselin). There have only been 88 Newbery winners, so if the list is longer than that, some of those books don't belong here.


message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim dahl, being a brit that never lived in the states wasn't eligible. he may have won britian's carnegie medal though. isn't kate gosselin the "reality" tv person?


message 23: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Yeah, she is. I was being snarky with that comment--someone had added one of her books to this list, which is ridiculous, because she doesn't even write for children.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I know Dahl won several Edgar awards for his adult fiction. As far as I know, he never won the Carnegie.


message 25: by Yahya (new)

Yahya waht the fuck


message 26: by Yahya (new)

Yahya my name is yusuf


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Uh, that's a nice way to break the margins.


message 28: by Lithia (new)

Lithia Lorie wrote: "Idon't think they had Newberry's 50 years ago when I read my favorite young adult book. I still love it and read it every few years -- as have my daughters and my daughter's daughters -- and LOVED..."

My mother and I both love that book :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Did The Thief Lord win a Newbery? I can't see it on the list I'm looking at.


message 30: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jul 27, 2011 12:44PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being on the list:

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Newbery Honor)
Malia & Teacup Awesome African Adventure
Malia and Teacup: Out on a Limb
A Song in My Heart
The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 (Newbery Honor)
My Brother Sam is Dead (Newbery Honor)


message 31: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Colleen wrote: "HOLES wins my "best book" vote from the list, but in truth my personal #1 will always be THE WESTING GAME. I know its not as well written, but darn if it doesn't make me so happy every time I read ..."

Thank you! I've been trying to remember the name of 'The Westing Game' for weeks! And to just stumble across it in your comments - you made my day. Off to see if they have the ebook at the library, I hope so!


message 32: by Jim (last edited Aug 30, 2011 11:41PM) (new)

Jim westing game trivia. prior to winning the Newbery for westing game, what Newbery winner was she closely associated with?
raskin did the famous intersecting rings cover for Wrinkle in Time (look at older editions, pre 1980)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I had that edition - didn't know that about Raskin, though.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

My Brother Sam is Dead (Newbery Honor)


message 35: by Sandy (new)

Sandy D. "The Thief Lord" isn't a winner, either (may be Honor book).


message 36: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 06, 2011 10:56AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I believe it's neither, as I don't think it was eligible for a Newbery in the first place. Cornelia Funke is German.

ETA: Removed The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke.


message 37: by Micah (new)

Micah Thank you for making this list! I love Newbery books and have tried to read as many as I can- even now that I'm an adult. Well, ESPECIALLY now that I'm an adult :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being a Newbery winner:

The Lost Queen, by Mark Miller


message 39: by Kerri (new)

Kerri The Book thief didn't get a Newbery did it? It needs to be removed.


message 40: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Kerri wrote: "The Book thief didn't get a Newbery did it? It needs to be removed."

You're right. I removed that one as well as another non-Newbery book.


message 41: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Nov 27, 2012 02:48PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for not being a winner of the Newbery:

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham
Enclave, by Ann Aguirre
The Kill Order, by James Dashner
The Death Cure, by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen (Newbery Honor)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for not being a winner of the Newbery Medal:

The Golden Goblet (Newbery Honor)
Parvana's Journey
Mud City
Foster Fox
I am a Taxi
The Breadwinner
Hoot (Newbery Honor)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being a Newbery Winner:

Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam


message 44: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Removed for not being a Newbery Winner:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo


message 45: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Removed Charlotte's Web (again), removed Watership Down. Neither won the Newbery.


message 46: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Old Yeller is an Honor Book not a winner - deleted.


message 47: by Joe (new)

Joe Someone added three books by O.L. Ramos - none of which are Newbery winners. How does this happen?!


message 48: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Joe wrote: "Someone added three books by O.L. Ramos - none of which are Newbery winners. How does this happen?!"

This list, like most goodreads lists, are not locked. When anyone wants to, they can add any book to any list. And then a librarian removes it - like I'm removing those O. L. Ramos books.


message 49: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell The first of those Ramos books has been put on 200+ lists.


Don (The Book Guy) Removed two titles, one by Jodi Picoult, don't remember but obviously not for this list and "The Double Life of Pocahontas" by Jean Fritz.


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