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Friday, January 18, 2013

Rereading Newbery Books

Sometimes, when a reader is stuck about what to read next, I suggest he or she go to the shelf of Newbery Medal books. And sometimes, I hesitate to make that suggestion. Not every medal winner has been delightful for me, and I worry that the readers may feel the same. So, I have begun rereading some titles I read many years ago in children's literature courses. On the top of the pile this weekend is the 1964 winner.

What have been some of your favorites through the years?

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  1. I just checked the titles of the winning books and discovered that I really haven't read many of them...not so unusual for a high school English teacher, I guess. But I recall one recent book that I liked: 2004 Medal Winner: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, (Candlewick Press).

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    1. You must read some of the older ones, Kate. I will send you a note with a few of my favorites.

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  2. Moon Over Manifest and A Single Shard are my favorites during my time as a teacher.

    Walk Two Moons and The Giver are my favorites from when I was a college student.

    Jacob Have I Loved, The Westing Game, and The Whipping Boy are some of my favorites from when I was a young reader.

    Fun to look back over the list Julie! :)

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    1. Good way to divide them! From my elementary school years, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Cricket in Times Square were the favorites.

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    2. Oh, I love those two also! :) It's quite difficult to choose only a couple. I don't know how the committee makes the final decision!

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  3. Oh, so many favorites . . .

    Joyful Noise, Out of the Dust, and Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!--because they are all vibrant poetry.
    Sarah, Plain and Tall--because it spurred me to write for children.
    When You Reach Me and Holes--because they are just such great stories.

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    1. I love that everyone has different favorites. We have never talked about this before, Joyce, and now I want to hear about your reasons.

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  4. - Walk Two Moons is the top of my list from elementary school

    - I read Rules in a Children's Lit class in college - and found myself reflected in it

    - I have always loved A Wrinkle in Time, and I am (finally!) enjoying When You Reach Me this weekend

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    1. I am anxious to hear what you think of When Your Reach Me!

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    2. I loved it! I will book talk it on Tuesday, and I'm sure it will fly off the shelf.

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  5. Walk Two Moons, Out of the Dust, The Giver, Wheel on the School, Holes, Missing May, Shiloh, Number the Stars, Sarah Plain & Tall, Bridge to Terebithia, The Slave Dancer, Julie of the Wolves, Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH, Summer of the Swans, A Wrinkle in Time, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Rabbit Hill, Johnny Tremain. Then there are the honors: Charlotte's Web is an all time favorite. Because of Winn Dixie. Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy. Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Madame Jewel, you didn't tell us your favorites! I'm now inspired to read some more! Look forward to corresponding with you...

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    1. Many of your favorites are mine, Rita. You bring up a whole other area: those Honor books! Many of them would have been my picks over the Medal books. I, too, loved LIZZIE BRIGHT. I love OUT OF THE DUST, WALK TWO MOONS, MRS. FRISBY, THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, THE BRONZE BOW, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, THE GOOD MASTER, DARK EMPEROR.

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