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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.
King of the Wind
by Marguerite Henry
Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

The Twenty-One Balloons
by William Pène du Bois
After forty years of teaching math, Professor Sherman retires and decides to see the worldby hot air balloon. It’s a wonderful trip, until he crashes on an island where his every wish is granted except his freedom.

Miss Hickory
by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

Strawberry Girl
by Lois Lenski
In the early 1900s when Florida was an unsettled land, Birdie Boyer and her family moved in to the old Roddenberry house. The neighbors find them strange. The Boyers feed their cows, put up fences, and plant strawberries. All of this brings trouble.

Rabbit Hill
by Robert Lawson
New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes
At fourteen, Johnny is a proud and gifted apprentice to Mr. Lapham, the silversmith, until a horrible accident mangles his right hand. Homeless and unable to work, he becomes a spy for the Sons of Liberty and gets caught up in the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.

Adam of the Road
by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

The Matchlock Gun
by Walter D. Edmonds
In 1756, ten-year-old Edward is left with his mother and younger sister, while his father leaves to stop Indian raiding parties in New York State. Edward uses his families matchlock gun to protect them.

Call It Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

Daniel Boone
by James Daugherty
A biography of the famouse wilderness scout.

Thimble Summer
by Elizabeth Enright
It is a miserable, rainless summer until Garnet finds a silver thimble in the dry riverbed. Now there is rain for the crops, there is money to build a new barn, and her pig wins first place at the state fair! Garnet has many adventures during this magical thimble summer.

The White Stag
by Kate Seredy
Retells the legendary story of the Huns and Magyars’ long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.

Roller Skates
by Ruth Sawyer
Liberated for a year from her parents’ restrictions, ten-year-old Lucinda discovers true freedom in the care of her temporary guardians a she roller skates around the streets of turn-of-the-century New York.

Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

by Monica Shannon
A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.

Invincible Louisa
by Cornelia Meigs
In this book learn all about Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. Read about her sisters, how she nursed soldiers during the Civil War, and how she pursued her writing career.

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
by Elizabeth Lewis
In the 1920’s a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.

Waterless Mountain
by Laura Adams Armer
Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of material existence.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
by Rachel Field
Hitty is a wooden doll made of ash for a young girl in rural New England in the early 1800’s. Over the next hundred years, the doll has many travels and adventures, including meeting Charles Dickens when he visits America.

The Trumpeter of Krakow
by Eric P. Kelly
A Polish family in the Middle Ages guards a great secret treasure and a boy’s memory of an earlier trumpeter of Krakow makes it possible for him to save his father.

Gay-Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird’s courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.

Smoky, the Cowhorse
by Will James
The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.

Shen of the Sea
by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
Short stories about China and Chinese life, some in the form of fairy tales.

Tales from Silver Lands
by Charles Finger
Nineteen folk and fairy tales from South America.

The Dark Frigate
by Charles Hawes
A young man dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates and he becomes a member of their crew.

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting
Doctor Dolittle sets sail towards the mysterious floating Spider Monkey Island accompanied by by nine-and-a-half-year-old Tommy Stubbins.

The Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Chronicles the history of man and civilization from primitive beginnings to the current day. This version has been updated to include events that have occured since its original publication.