This weekend I turn 38. I thought I was turning 39, so I am very relieved to have gained 1 year and not gotten closer to the big 4-0! Here is a list of books that won the Newbery Award throughout my lifetime. Have you read any of these? Do you see any that you might want to add to your to be read pile? What book won the Newbery the year YOU were born?
I was born in 1973:
Newbery Medal Winner: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
I started kindergarten in 1978, and my favorite book of all time, my "desert island book" won the Newbery!
Nebery Medal Winner: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The year I turned 10 was 1983. the winner this year makes me cry every time I see a mulbery tree.
1983 Medal Winner: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
My freshman year in high school (go West High Trojans!) was 1988. The winner this year was a biography, I have it in The Lemme Library, but I haven't read it.
1988 Medal Winner: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
The 1988 honor that year was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen... the first survival story I ever read.
I graduated from high school in 1991. A classic, much loved book won the Newbery that year!
The 1991 Medal Winner: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
I graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA in elementary education in 1996. My 2nd favorite book was the winner this year!
The 1996 Newbery Medal Winner: The Giver by Lois Lowry
My first daughter, Kiley was born in 2003. I must admit, I haven't read this book... yet! Don't judge me!
The 2003 Newbery Medal Winner: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
My 2nd daughter, Leah was born in 2008. I didn't read this book either! What does that say about new moms? Too busy to read good books (too busy to read bad books too!)
The 2008 Newbery Medal Winner: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
This year, the year I turn
28 38 , the winner was Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. I have this book on my to be read pile, but my bitterness has prevented me from reading it... although I've heard it's a lovely book. This is also the year I invented The Bizzaro Newbery!