I borrowed this great idea from Kelly Butcher of the Lemme Library. I thought it would fit really well with my Newbery reading theme this month. It’s a list of books that have won the Newbery Medal during my lifetime.
The year I was born: 1977
Newbery Medal Winner: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
I’ve actually read this one a couple of times – once on my own and once for a children’s lit class. Great historical fiction.
The year I started kindergarten: 1982
Newbery Medal Winner: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
I’ve actually never read this one. I’ll put it on my list for this month!
The year I turned 10: 1987
Newbery Medal Winner: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
I think I’ve actually read this one about three times, including as a a kid around the time it came out. Humor, adventure, great for boys and one of the few Newbery winners that you can suggest for younger readers.
The year I started high school: 1990
Newbery Medal Winner: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I know I’ve read this one a couple of times, too. One of my all-time favorites. Historical fiction about the Danish Resistance in World War II, and a great story of friendship.
The year I graduated from high school: 1995
Newbery Medal Winner: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
A great title about growing up and family.
The year I graduated from college: 1999
Newbery Medal Winner: Holes by Louis Sachar
One of those Newbery Medal winners that is actually really popular with kids as well. A fun, fun read.
The year I received my Master’s Degree: 2003
Newbery Medal Winner: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
I just read this one a couple of years ago, and I really liked it – more than I thought I would actually. It’s not a time period I generally read about, but another good historical fiction title. I really need to get around to the other titles in this series!
The year Little L was born: 2010
Newbery Medal Winner: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
I was very proud of myself for having read this title before it was named the Medalist. A time-travel book that’s really about friendship and family. While maybe not as popular as Holes, another title that kids really seem to like.
I’m pretty impressed with myself that there’s only one book on this list I haven’t read yet. I wonder what this year’s winner will be? We’ll find out tomorrow morning!