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Newbery Honor Book

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.

Winners:

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.

1929

Author: Wanda Gág
Illustrator: Wanda Gág

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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.

1929 1930

Author: Hildegarde Hoyt Swift
Illustrator: 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.

1930

Author: Elizabeth Cleveland Miller
Illustrator: Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham

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Floating Island (1930)

The Doll family is shipwrecked on a desert island.

1931

Author: Anne Parrish
Illustrator: Anne Parrish

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The Fairy Circus (1931)

Inspired by a human circus that performs in their meadow, the fairies put on a circus of their own for the woodland creatures.

1932 1932

Author: Dorothy P. Lathrop
Illustrator: Dorothy P. Lathrop

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The ABC Bunny (1933)

The rhythmic and rhyming text tells the story of Bunny, driven from Bunnyland to Elsewhere after an unfortunate accident with an apple. Every letter in the alphabet is represented in Bunny’s journey. The illustrations are original lithographs drawn by Wanda Gág.

1934

Author: Wanda Gág
Illustrator: Howard Gág
Wanda Gág

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The Forgotten Daughter (1933)

In second century Rome the daughter of a centurion is raised as a slave.

1934

Author: Caroline Dale Snedeker
Illustrator: Dorothy P. Lathrop

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A Day On Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic (1934)

The story of a school outing on the frozen Dutch canals.

1934 1935

Author: Hilda van Stockum
Illustrator: Hilda van Stockum

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All Sail Set (1935)

When his father loses his fortune, a boy is taken on by a famous shipbuilder and eventually makes a maiden, record-breaking trip around Cape Horn on the “Flying Cloud.”

1935 1936

Author: Armstrong Sperry
Illustrator: Armstrong Sperry

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The Good Master (1935)

The adventures of Jancsi and his cousin Kate on his father’s ranch in Hungary.

1935 1936

Author: Kate Seredy
Illustrator: Kate Seredy

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Honk the Moose (1935)

One winter up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, two boys adopt a moose who decides to stay the winter in the livery barn.

1936

Author: Phil Stong
Illustrator: Kurt Wiese

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Young Walter Scott (1935)

An imaginative biography of Sir Walter Scott’s youth.

1935 1936

Author: Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator: Kate Seredy

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The Golden Basket (1936)

Two girls from England are on holiday in Bruges, Belgium and meet the littlest orphan, Madeleine.

1936 1937

Author: Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrator: Ludwig Bemelmans

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Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (1936)

Phebe spends a year with her with her country cousins in Connecticut in the 1840’s.

1937

Author: Lois Lenski
Illustrator: Lois Lenski

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Winterbound (1936)

Kay and Garry Ellis spend the winter in an old farm house, and are the better for it.

1936 1937

Author: Margery Williams Bianco
Illustrator: Kate Seredy

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Bright Island (1937)

The story of Thankful Curtis, her island home, her time at school and her return.

1937 1938

Author: Mabel L. Robinson
Illustrator: Lynd Ward

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On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)

In the fourth volume of her history Laura and the Ingalls family move to Minnesota and live in a dugout on the banks of Plum Creek.

1938

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator: Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938)

When Mr. Popper unexpectedly becomes the proprietor of a troupe of penguins, he takes them on the road to make ends meet.

1939

Author: Florence Atwater
Richard Atwater
Illustrator: Robert Lawson

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Boy with a Pack (1939)

Bill Crawford sets out from New Hampshire with a peddlar’s pack for the Ohio country.

1940

Author: Stephen W. Meader
Illustrator: Edward Shenton

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By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)

Pa takes a job on the railroad and move Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace to the Dakota Territory where they spend the winter in a surveyor’s shanty.

1940

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator: Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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