newbery honor challenge

2010 Honor Books:

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by  Phillip Hoose – read
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly – read
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick – read

2009 Honor Books:

  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illus. by David Small
  • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law – read
  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson – read

2008 Honor Books:

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

2007 Honor Books:

  • Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord – read

2006 Honor Books:

  • Whittington by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott

2005 Honor Books:

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – read
  • The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights” by Russell Freedman
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

2004 Honor Books:

  • Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

2003 Honor Books:

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen – read
  • A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin
  • Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan – read

2002 Honor Books:

  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  • Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson

2001 Honor Books:

  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer – read as a child
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo – read
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

2000 Honor Books:

  • Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis
  • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

1999 Honor Book:

  • A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peckread as a child

1998 Honor Books:

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levineread as a child
  • Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

1997 Honor Books:

  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • Moorchild by Eloise McGraw
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth Whiteread as a child

1996 Honor Books:

  • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Yolonda’s Genius by Carol Fennerread as a child
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

1995 Honor Books:

  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmerread

1994 Honor Books:

  • Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly
  • Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

1993 Honor Books:

  • What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
  • The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack
  • Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers

1992 Honor Books:

  • Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Aviread as a child
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman

1991 Honor Book:

  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi read as a child

1990 Honor Books:

  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle (Jackson/Orchard)
  • Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Knopf)
  • The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (Jackson/Orchard)

1989 Honor Books:

  • In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton
  • Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

1988 Honor Books:

  • After The Rain by Norma Fox Mazer
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsenread as a child

1987 Honor Books:

  • A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
  • On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauerread as a child
  • Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber

1986 Honor Books:

  • Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
  • Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

1985 Honor Books:

  • Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes
  • The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
  • One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

1984 Honor Books:

  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare read as a child
  • A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
  • Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky
  • The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain

1983 Honor Books:

  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • Doctor DeSoto by William Steig read as a child
  • Graven Images by Paul Fleischman
  • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  • Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

1982 Honor Books:

  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal

1981 Honor Books:

  • The Fledgling by Jane Langton
  • A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

1980 Honor Book:

  • The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

1979 Honor Book:

  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patersonread as a child

1978 Honor Books:

  • Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
  • Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater

1977 Honor Books:

  • Abel’s Island by William Steig
  • A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

1976 Honor Books:

  • The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (Harper)

1975 Honor Books:

  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier
  • The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
  • Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene
  • Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin

1974 Honor Book:

  • The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

1973 Honor Books:

  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobelread
  • The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
  • The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1972 Honor Books

  • Incident At Hawk’s Hill by Allan W. Eckert
  • The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
  • The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1971 Honor Books

  • Knee Knock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
  • Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl
  • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell

1970 Honor Books:

  • Our Eddie by Sulamith Ish-Kishor
  • The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art by Janet Gaylord Moore
  • Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele

1969 Honor Books:

  • To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
  • When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer

1968 Honor Books:

  • Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg
  • The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
  • The Fearsome Inn by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1967 Honor Books:

  • The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
  • Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • The Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik

1966 Honor Books:

  • The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
  • The Noonday Friends by Mary Stolz

1965 Honor Book:

  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

1964 Honor Books:

  • Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North
  • The Loner by Ester Wier

1963 Honor Books:

  • Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud.
  • Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge

1962 Honor Books:

  • Frontier Living by Edwin Tunis
  • The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Belling The Tiger by Mary Stolz

1961 Honor Books:

  • America Moves Forward: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
  • Old Ramon by Jack Schaefer
  • The Cricket In Times Square by George Selden, pseud. read as a child

1960 Honor Books:

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • America Is Born: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson
  • The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

1959 Honor Books:

  • The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
  • Along Came A Dog by Meindert Dejong
  • Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay
  • The Perilous Road by William O. Steele

1958 Honor Books:

  • The Horsecatcher by Mari Sandoz
  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  • The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson
  • Tom Paine, Freedom’s Apostle by Leo Gurko

1957 Honor Books:

  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
  • Mr. Justice Holmes by Clara Ingram Judson
  • The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads
  • Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli

1956 Honor Books:

  • The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Golden Name Day by Jennie Lindquist
  • Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katherine Shippen

1955 Honor Books:

  • Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Banner In The Sky by James Ullman

1954 Honor Books:

  • All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • Shadrach by Meindert Dejong
  • Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejongread as a child
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot by Clara Ingram Judson
  • Magic Maize by Mary & Conrad Buff

1953 Honor Books:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. Whiteread as a child
  • Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 by Genevieve Foster

1952 Honor Books:

  • Americans Before Columbus by Elizabeth Baity
  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
  • The Defender by Nicholas Kalashnikoff
  • The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer
  • The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff

1951 Honor Books:

  • Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt
  • Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton
  • Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People by Clara Ingram Judson
  • The Story of Appleby Capple by Anne Parrish

1950 Honor Books:

  • Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
  • The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Coblentz
  • Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery
  • George Washington by Genevieve Foster
  • Song of The Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter & Marion Havighurst

1949 Honor Books:

  • Seabird by Holling C. Holling
  • Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth S. Gannettread
  • Story of the Negro by Arna Bontemps

1948 Honor Books:

  • Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
  • The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman
  • The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henryread as a child

1947 Honor Books:

  • Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes
  • Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff
  • The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell
  • The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher, pseud.
  • The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett

1946 Honor Books:

  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henryread as a child
  • The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means
  • Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear by Christine Weston
  • New Found World by Katherine Shippen

1945 Honor Books

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estesread as a child
  • The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster
  • Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams by Jeanetter Eaton

1944 Honor Books

  • These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilderread as a child
  • Fog Magic by Julia Sauer
  • Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes read as a child
  • Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates

1943 Honor Books:

  • The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes
  • Have You Seen Tom Thumb? by Mabel Leigh Hunt

1942 Honor Books:

  • Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilderread as a child
  • George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster
  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski read as a child
  • Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin

1941 Honor Books

  • Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  • Young Mac of Fort Vancouver by Mary Jane Carr
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilderread as a child
  • Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall

1940 Honor Books

  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
  • Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz by Mabel Robinson
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilderread as a child
  • Boy with a Pack by Stephen W. Meader

1939 Honor Books:

  • Nino by Valenti Angelo
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwaterread
  • Hello the Boat! by Phyllis Crawford
  • Leader By Destiny: George Washington, Man and Patriot by Jeanette Eaton
  • Penn by Elizabeth Janet Gray

1938 Honor Books:

  • Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman
  • Bright Island by Mabel Robinson
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilderread as a child

1937 Honor Books:

  • Phebe Fairchild: Her Book by Lois Lenski
  • Whistler’s Van by Idwal Jones
  • The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Winterbound by Margery Bianco
  • The Codfish Musket by Agnes Hewes
  • Audubon by Constance Rourke

1936 Honor Books:

  • Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong
  • The Good Master by Kate Seredy
  • Young Walter Scott by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud by Armstrong Sperry

1935 Honor Books:

  • Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger
  • Davy Crockett by Constance Rourke
  • Day On Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Von Stockum

1934 Honor Books:

  • The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Snedeker
  • Swords of Steel by Elsie Singmaster
  • ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág
  • Winged Girl of Knossos by Erik Berry, pseud.
  • New Land by Sarah Schmidt
  • Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside by Padraic Colum
  • Glory of the Seas by Agnes Hewes
  • Apprentice of Florence by Ann Kyle

1933 Honor Books:

  • Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs
  • The Railroad To Freedom: A Story of the Civil War by Hildegarde Swift
  • Children of the Soil: A Story of Scandinavia by Nora Burglon

1932 Honor Books

  • The Fairy Circus by Dorothy P. Lathrop
  • Calico Bush by Rachel Field
  • Boy of the South Seas by Eunice Tietjens
  • Out of the Flame by Eloise Lownsbery
  • Jane’s Island by Marjorie Allee
  • Truce of the Wolf and Other Tales of Old Italy by Mary Gould Davis

1931 Honor Books:

  • Floating Island by Anne Parrish
  • The Dark Star of Itza: The Story of A Pagan Princess by Alida Malkus
  • Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard
  • Mountains are Free by Julie Davis Adams
  • Spice and the Devil’s Cave by Agnes Hewes
  • Meggy MacIntosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • Garram the Hunter: A Boy of the Hill Tribes by Herbert Best
  • Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer by Alice Lide & Margaret Johansen

1930 Honor Books

  • A Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland by Jeanette Eaton
  • Pran of Albania by Elizabeth Miller
  • Jumping-Off Place by Marion Hurd McNeely
  • The Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales by Ella Young
  • Vaino by Julia Davis Adams
  • Little Blacknose by Hildegarde Swift

1929 Honor Books

  • Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo by John Bennett
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
  • The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallock
  • Clearing Weather by Cornelia Meigs
  • Runaway Papoose by Grace Moon
  • Tod of the Fens by Elinor Whitney

1928 Honor Books

  • The Wonder Smith and His Son by Ella Young
  • Downright Dencey by Caroline Snedeker

1926 Honor Book:

  • The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum

1925 Honor Books:

  • Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story by Annie Carroll Moore
  • The Dream Coach by Anne Parrish

1922 Honor Book:

  • The Great Quest by Charles Hawes
  • Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall
  • The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure by William Bowen
  • The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
  • The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs
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