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.
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.
Early American railroading as seen through the eyes of the Dewitt Clinton, the first steam engine built for the New York Central Railroad.
Pran of Albania (1929)
The story of a fourteen-year-old girl in nineteenth century Albania who rejects an arranged marriage.
Floating Island (1930)
The Doll family is shipwrecked on a desert island.
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.
A story about the underground railroad that brought slaves from the South to Canada.
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.
The Forgotten Daughter (1933)
In second century Rome the daughter of a centurion is raised as a slave.
The story of a school outing on the frozen Dutch canals.
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.”
The Good Master (1935)
The adventures of Jancsi and his cousin Kate on his father’s ranch in Hungary.
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. Read online at archive.org.
Young Walter Scott (1935)
An imaginative biography of Sir Walter Scott’s youth.
The Golden Basket (1936)
Two girls from England are on holiday in Bruges, Belgium and meet the littlest orphan, Madeleine.
Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (1936)
Phebe spends a year with her with her country cousins in Connecticut in the 1840’s.
Kay and Garry Ellis spend the winter in an old farm house, and are the better for it.
Bright Island (1937)
The story of Thankful Curtis, her island home, her time at school and her return.
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.
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.
Boy with a Pack (1939)
Bill Crawford sets out from New Hampshire with a peddlar’s pack for the Ohio country.
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.
A short biography of the nineteenth century scientist who first theorized the existence of past ice ages. He was known for opposing Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The Singing Tree (1939)
Jancsi and Kate must manage the ranch when the Good Master is called up to fight in World War I.
The Long Winter (1940)
The Indians warn that there will be a hard winter so Pa moves Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie and Grace to his store building in town for the winter.
Down Ryton Water (1941)
An account of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America, from the point of view of a young boy.
The story of a twelve year old English girl who was captured by a raiding party of Shawnee Indians and French Canadians. Her family was killed and she spent the rest of her life living with the Delaware and later the Seneca tribes.
Little Town on the Prairie (1941)
In the seventh book of her biographical series, Laura is living with Ma, Pa, Mary, Carrie and Grace in De Smet and earns her teaching certificate.
The Middle Moffat (1942)
Jane is the mysterious middle Moffat whose adventures we follow in this second book about the Moffat family.
Mountain Born (1943)
Peter learns to be a shepherd under the tutelage of Old Benj.
Rufus M. (1943)
In this volume of the history of the Moffat family, Rufus, the youngest sets out to make the family fortune.
These Happy Golden Years (1943)
In the eighth book of her biography Laura Ingalls becomes Mrs. Almanzo Wilder.
The Hundred Dresses (1944)
Wanda wears the same dress to school, but she has a hundred dresses at home in her closet.
The Wonderful Year (1946)
Ellen moves with her family to a fruit farm in Colorado. The book won the Julia Ellsworth Ford Foundation Award as well as a Newbery Honor.
My Father’s Dragon (1948)
When an alley cat he befriends tells Elmer Elevator about the captive baby dragon on Wild Island, he determines to go to the island and set him free.
The Seabird follows the history of American seafaring.
The Defender (1951)
Turgen takes pity on the mountain sheep during a hard winter.
Minn of the Mississippi (1951)
We see the Mississippi River through the eyes of a snapping turtle.
The bears were nowhere to be seen when Jonathan went over the mountain, but it is getting dark as he starts on his return journey.
Charlotte’s Web (1952)
Fern adopts the runt of the litter and names him Wilbur, but it is Charlotte, A. Cavatica, who ensures he will always have a home on the Arable farm.
All Alone (1953)
Marcel takes his family’s three cows to summer pasture on Little Giant all by himself
On the Banks of Plum Creek (1953)
In this fourth volume of her family saga, the Ingalls family moves to Minnesota and settles on the banks of Plum Creek.
These Happy Golden Years (1953)
In the final installment of Laura Ingalls’ biography she becomes Mrs. Almanzo Wilder.
The Golden Name Day (1955)
Nancy is staying with her Swedish grandparents for a year. They have to figure out how to celebrate her nine year old name day since her name is not Swedish.
The Black Fox of Lorne (1956)
Tenth-century Viking twins are shipwrecked on the Scottish coast and seek to avenge the death of their father.
Gone-Away Lake (1957)
Portia and her cousin Julian discover an abandoned summer colony on the shores of a gone-away lake.
The Great Wheel (1957)
Eighteen-year-old Conn leaves Ireland and sails to America, where he helps build the first Ferris wheel for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The Junior Literary Guild edition has a library binding. A prepublication binding in yellow cloth without stamping on the spine has also been seen.
The Family Under the Bridge (1958)
A homeless man meets a family of three children, their mother and their dog camping on his spot under a bridge over the Seine and ends up adopting them all.
The Gammage Cup (1959)
A light on the mountain brings conflict to the Land Between the Mountains, and the only Minnipins who stand in the breach are a band of outcasts.
My Side of the Mountain (1959)
Sam Gribley takes to the woods and lives by himself for a year.
The Cricket in Times Square (1960)
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
The Defender (1961)
Turgen, a Siberian herder, protects the mountain sheep from a hard winter.
The Loner (1963)
A boy without a name finds a home with a shepherd.
The story of a boy’s pet raccoon, later made into a movie of the same name.
The Fledgling (1980)
Georgie, a young girl, discovers she can fly.
Thirteen year old Brian is the only survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness.