Children’s Classics: Newbery Medal Favorites

The big topic at 5 Minutes for Books this week is Newbery Medal winners. Have you read many of the books that have won a Newbery Medal? Do awards influence which books you will or won’t read? I think for the more official awards like the Newbery or Caldecott – or even the NYT bestsellers, having that recognition would definitely influence me to read a book if I’d maybe been the fence about whether or not to read it, whereas I’ve on occasion opted not to read a book if say, Oprah has it on her book list. Some hype is worthy, some not so much.

I’ve read a good handful of the Newbery award winners, some of which are high up there on my favorite books from when I was a kid. Here are some of my favorite Newbery Award winners:

If I were to make a list of my favorite books from that time period of my life, this would likely be it, so I’d definitely recommend any of them to a young reader or an older reader. I’d be extremely excited if my children chose to read these books someday and may read them again just to brush up on the classics.

Are any of your favorite children’s books a Newbery Medal winner?

6 thoughts on “Children’s Classics: Newbery Medal Favorites

  1. The Giver is so cool. I got to teach that book one year and had a such a blast with it. I wore all black and white, and then slowly worked colors back into my wardrobe as they showed up in the book. The kids didn’t catch on at first, but once they did, they were like, “You tricked us!” Ah, kids.


  2. One of these days I have to get a copy of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to read. I have heard glowing reviews of it from a lot of people. Of course I am also a big fan of E. L. Konigsburg’s book A View from Saturday.


  3. You listed two books that we have read in this home. Both books are wonderful. The Witch of Blackbird Pond as a read aloud which I am going to suggest to a few of my girls to read this year.
    The Mixed Up files my oldest girl loved reading several years back.


  4. Those 60’s and 70’s books were all well-read by me as well. LOVED Mixed Up files. That is one of the handful of books from my well-read childhood that has absolutely stuck with me. I should read it again.


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