My Newbery Project #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge #NewberyBooks

November 19, 2021

Today for the #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge I’m focusing on Middle Grade reads, particularly books that have won the Newbery Award. In fact, I have a Newbery Page in my blog menu!

My Newbery Project


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What is the Newbery Award?

First awarded in 1922, the Newbery Award also known as the John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association of Library Services for Children (as part of the American Library Association) to one author (per year) for the most distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Winners display the medal on the cover as shown on this 2019 winner:

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (cover) ....girl on bike

For each year, in addition to the one Newbery winner there are also Honor winners.

You can find the complete list of Winners and Honors in this link.

When I’m in a reading slump or simply looking for a lighter and quicker read, I often turn to middle grade literature as evidenced in these posts: 10 Reasons Why I love Middle Grade Books. or 10 Awesome and Diverse Reads for Middle Grade or 10 Inspirational Reads For Middle grade. Obviously, the Newbery list is not the only resource for finding fabulous middle-grade reads, but I do check the list to see what I can check off. As a result, I’ve decided to document my progress toward reading Newbery Award winners.

I’ve created a page that you can find in my blog menu or by clicking on this link:

My Page For My Newbery Project Progress Here

How Many Newbery Award Winner (or Honors) Have You Read?

Or do you have other awards you follow?

 I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and SueDonna, and Jo for the November installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge .

Whats On Your Bookshelf Challenge

Remain Young At Heart and Read Middle Grade!


Do you have a favorite Middle Grade Read? A favorite Newbery Award winner?

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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  1. Carol, thanks so much for this post. I love middle-grade books and I too read them when I need a lighter book to read or I just want a change. I read through all your prior posts that you linked and I have a renewed desire to read more of these books. And thanks for the entire list of award and honors winners. I love that you are keeping track of your progress on the books, really nerdy and just the best. 🙂

  2. Thank you for linking up with us at #WOYBS.
    Thank you also for sharing the complete list of Newberry Award Winners. Before opening it, I had assumed that I would not have read that many of the Middle-Grade Books. I was delighted to see that I had actually read quite a few. I haven’t read any of the recent Newberry Winners. But I did recently read two middle-grade books, The Heart of Bakers and Artists by Antoinette Truglio Martin as well as Maya and the Book of Everything by Laurie Graves. I highly recommend both!

  3. This is a new award to me Carol, so thanks for letting us know about them. I’ve always enjoyed YA books in the past but not gone into middle grade ones for quite some time, not since my daughters were at that age, and my grandchildren are yet to get there! I always enjoy your quotes throughout your posts 🙂
    Thanks for joining us again this month, I’ve updated my post to include your link.Have a lovely weekend.

  4. I love middle grade books too. Especially the hopeful endings and lack of romance🙂. I have nothing against romance, it is just a nice break to not have it included in a book.

    I have read more books than not on the Newberry list. There are so many really good ones, but my two favorites would probably be The Westing Game and The Whipping Boy. When my boys were young we read The Whipping Boy and then listened to the audiobook numerous times.

    Thanks for all the good information!

    • The Westing Game is still on my TBR! I have a copy sitting right here! Maybe in 2022! And yes, many of my favs are not on the Newbery list! Thanks for sharing the love and commenting Gretchen!

  5. Cool project! Definitely a genre I would like to read more from, but always the problem of time.
    I believe I have read a few. I particularly enjoy Katherine Applegate. She did win the medal in 2013 with The One and Only Ivan. And possible other years as well.

  6. I didn’t think I had read any until I actually looked at the list. It turns out that some of my favorite books as a kid won Newbery Awards. The High King, The Graveyard Book, and The Tales of Despereaux are a couple.

  7. I love that you put together that list, Carol. Including some of the Honors books, I have read 28 of them. What a great endeavour to read more of them. I read a lot when I was teaching, not a lot of the earlier ones.

    • Thanks Carla! You’ve read a lot! I should have been more deliberately choosing from the list when I was teaching! Some of the earlier ones might not hold up…like The Wednesday Wars ….meh! Also some of my fav MG never make the list!

      • I agree, I have some that I read over and over to my classes, but they didn’t make the list. One I read to my students that you haven’t read is The Whipping Boy. They loved it and it has some great lessons for them.

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