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Newbery Medal Award Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the authors of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year. It is named for John Newbery, a famous English publisher and seller of children's books. The medal is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association. You may check each title's location and availability in the Library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
1950-1979
The Westing Game
1979
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.
Bridge to Terabithia
1978
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.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1977
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
A black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
The Grey King
1976
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.
M.C. Higgins, The Great
1975
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.
The Slave Dancer
1974
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.
Julie of the Wolves
1973
Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
1972
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.
Summer of the Swans
1971
Summer of the Swans
by Betsy Byars
A teen-age girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally retarded brother gets lost.
Sounder
1970
Sounder
by William H. Armstrong
A young African American 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.
The High King
1969
The High King
by Lloyd Alexander
In this fifth and final chronicle of Prydain the forces of good and evil meet in ultimate confrontation.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
1968
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.
Up a Road Slowly
1967
Up a Road Slowly
by Irene Hunt
After her mother’s death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
I, Juan De Pareja
1966
I, Juan De Pareja
by Elizabeth Borten de Treviño
Juan is the slave of the great Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and helps his master in his studio by preparing paints and stretching canvases. But Juan is an artist, too; although such work is forbidden to slaves, Juan cannot keep his secret.
Shadow of a Bull
1965
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.
It’s Like This, Cat
1964
It’s Like This, Cat
by Emily Cheney Neville
Dave Mitchell is a fourteen-year-old growing up in New York City with his mom, dad, and his cat, Cat.
A Wrinkle in Time
1963
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
The Bronze Bow
1962
The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin’s father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate
Island of the Blue Dolphins
1961
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Onion John
1960
Onion John
by Joseph Krumgold
His friendship with the town odd-jobs man, Onion John, causes a conflict between Andy and his father.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
1959
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
Rifles for Watie
1958
Rifles for Watie
by Harold Keith
Rifles for Watie is about Jeff, a 16-year-old Union army soldier, who becomes a scout and after going deep undercover joins the Confederacy, and uncovers a terrible scheme that could mean the fate of the Union.
Miracles on Maple Hill
1957
Miracles on Maple Hill
by Virginia Sorenson
When Marley’s father returns home from World War II a broken man physically and spiritually, her mother decides that the family needs to leave the city for an extended visit to Grandma’s house in the country.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
1956
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.
The Wheel on the School
1955
The Wheel on the School
by Meindert DeJong
The school children of a small fishing village in Holland search for a wheel to put on the roof of their school so that storks will nest there and bring good luck to the town.
...And Now Miguel
1954
...And Now Miguel
by Joseph Krumgold
This is the story of a twelve-year-old Miguel Chavez, who yearns in his heart to go with the men of his family on a long and hard sheep drive to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico--until his prayer is finally answered, with a disturbing and dangerous exchange.
Secret of the Andes
1953
Secret of the Andes
by Ann Nolan Clark
An Indian boy who tends llamas in a hidden valley in Peru learns the traditions and secrets of his Inca ancestors.
Ginger Pye
1952
Ginger Pye
by Eleanor Estes
When the Pye family’s puppy, Ginger, disapears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been adbucted by a stranger in a yellow hat.
Amos Fortune, Free Man
1951
Amos Fortune, Free Man
by Elizabeth Yates
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.
The Door in the Wall
1950
The Door in the Wall
by Marguerite de Angeli
A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his courage and earns recognition from the King.



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