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Newbery Honor Book

The Newbery Honor Books are runners-up to the Newberry Medal, which is awarded each year for the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture book for children.

The medal is named in honor of John Newbery. He was an eighteenth-century British publisher of juvenile books. He made it a priority to create books specifically for children.

No Award was given in 1923, 1924, or 1927. That is because no book was considered suitable.

Learn more: official Newberry Medal and Honor homepage.


Cedric the Forester (1921)

Author(s): Bernard Marshall
Illustrator(s): J. Scott Williams

The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (1921)

Author(s): Pádraic Colum
Illustrator(s): Willy Pogány

The Great Quest (1921)

Author(s): Charles Hawes
Illustrator(s): George Varian

The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure (1921)

Author(s): William Bowen
Illustrator(s): Reginald Birch

The Windy Hill (1921)

Does not seem to have been illustrated by the Haders.

Author(s): Cornelia Meigs
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

The Dream Coach (1924)

Author(s): Anne Parrish
Illustrator(s): Dillwyn Parrish

Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story (1924)

Author(s): Anne Carroll Moore
Illustrator(s): Jay Van Everen

The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery (1925)

Author(s): Pádraic Colum
Illustrator(s): Wilfred J. Jones

Downright Dencey (1927)

Author(s): Caroline Dale Snedeker
Illustrator(s): Maginel Wright Barney

The Wonder Smith and His Son (1927)

Author(s): Ella Young
Illustrator(s): Boris Artzybasheff

The Boy Who Was (1928)

Author(s): Grace Hallock
Illustrator(s): Harrie Wood

Clearing Weather (1928)

Author(s): Cornelia Meigs
Illustrator(s): Frank Dobias

Millions of Cats (1928)

An elderly couple realize they are very lonely. The wife wants a cat, so her husband sets off in search of one. Each seems lovely, so he walks back home with millions of cats following him.

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Author(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): Wanda Gág

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The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo (1928)

Author(s): John Bennett
Illustrator(s): John Bennett

Runaway Papoose (1928)

Author(s): Grace Moon
Illustrator(s): Carl Moon

Tod of the Fens (1928)

Author(s): Elinor Whitney
Illustrator(s): Warwick Goble

A Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland (1929)

Author(s): Jeanette Eaton
Illustrator(s): None

The Jumping-Off Place (1929)

Author(s): Marian Hurd McNeely
Illustrator(s): William Siegal

Little Blacknose: The Story of a Pioneer (1929)

Early American railroading as seen through the eyes of the Dewitt Clinton, the first steam engine built for the New York Central Railroad.

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Author(s): Hildegarde Hoyt Swift
Illustrator(s): Lynd Ward

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Pran of Albania (1929)

The story of a fourteen-year-old girl in nineteenth century Albania who rejects an arranged marriage.

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Author(s): Elizabeth Cleveland Miller
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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