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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.


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(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): 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(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.

1930

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

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Floating Island (1930)

The Doll family is shipwrecked on a desert island.

1931

Author(s): Anne Parrish
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Dorothy P. Lathrop
Illustrator(s): Dorothy P. Lathrop

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The Railroad to Freedom: A Story of the Civil War (1932)

A story about the underground railroad that brought slaves from the South to Canada.

1933

Author(s): Hildegarde Hoyt Swift
Illustrator(s): James Daugherty

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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(s): Wanda Gág
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Caroline Dale Snedeker
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Hilda van Stockum
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Armstrong Sperry
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Kate Seredy
Illustrator(s): 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. Read online at archive.org.

1936

Author(s): Phil Stong
Illustrator(s): Kurt Wiese

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Young Walter Scott (1935)

An imaginative biography of Sir Walter Scott’s youth.

1935
1936

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Lois Lenski
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Margery Williams Bianco
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Mabel L. Robinson
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Florence Atwater
Richard Atwater
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Stephen W. Meader
Illustrator(s): 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(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz (1939)

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.

1939
1940

Author(s): Mabel L. Robinson
Illustrator(s): Lynd Ward

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The Singing Tree (1939)

Jancsi and Kate must manage the ranch when the Good Master is called up to fight in World War I.

1940
1940

Author(s): Kate Seredy
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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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.

1941

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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Down Ryton Water (1941)

An account of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America, from the point of view of a young boy.

1942
1942

Author(s): E. R. Gaggin
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison (1941)

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.

1942

Author(s): Lois Lenski
Illustrator(s): Lois Lenski

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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.

1942

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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The Middle Moffat (1942)

Jane is the mysterious middle Moffat whose adventures we follow in this second book about the Moffat family.

1943

Author(s): Eleanor Estes
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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Mountain Born (1943)

Peter learns to be a shepherd under the tutelage of Old Benj.

1944

Author(s): Elizabeth Yates
Illustrator(s): Nora S. Unwin

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Rufus M. (1943)

In this volume of the history of the Moffat family, Rufus, the youngest sets out to make the family fortune.

1944

Author(s): Eleanor Estes
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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These Happy Golden Years (1943)

In the eighth book of her biography Laura Ingalls becomes Mrs. Almanzo Wilder.

1944

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Mildred Boyle
Helen Sewell

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The Hundred Dresses (1944)

Wanda wears the same dress to school, but she has a hundred dresses at home in her closet.

1945

Author(s): Eleanor Estes
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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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.

1946
1947

Author(s): Nancy Barnes
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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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.

1948
1949

Author(s): Ruth Stiles Gannett
Illustrator(s): Ruth Chrisman Gannett

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Seabird (1948)

The Seabird follows the history of American seafaring.

1949

Author(s): Holling C. Holling
Illustrator(s): Holling C. Holling
Lucille Webster Holling

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The Defender (1951)

Turgen takes pity on the mountain sheep during a hard winter.

1952

Author(s): Nicholas Kalashnikoff
Illustrator(s): Claire Louden
George Louden, Jr.

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Minn of the Mississippi (1951)

We see the Mississippi River through the eyes of a snapping turtle.

1952

Author(s): Holling C. Holling
Illustrator(s): Holling C. Holling

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (1952)

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.

1953

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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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.

1953

Author(s): E. B. White
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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All Alone (1953)

Marcel takes his family’s three cows to summer pasture on Little Giant all by himself

1954

Author(s): Claire Huchet Bishop
Illustrator(s): Feodor Rojankovsky

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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.

1938

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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These Happy Golden Years (1953)

In the final installment of Laura Ingalls’ biography she becomes Mrs. Almanzo Wilder.

1944

Author(s): Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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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.

1956

Author(s): Jennie D. Lindquist
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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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.

1957

Author(s): Marguerite de Angeli
Illustrator(s): Marguerite de Angeli

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Gone-Away Lake (1957)

Portia and her cousin Julian discover an abandoned summer colony on the shores of a gone-away lake.

1958

Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Beth Krush
Joe Krush

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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. 

1958

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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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.

1959

Author(s): Natalie Savage Carlson
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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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.

1960

Author(s): Carol Kendall
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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My Side of the Mountain (1959)

Sam Gribley takes to the woods and lives by himself for a year.

1960

Author(s): Jean Craighead George
Illustrator(s): Jean Craighead George

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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.

1961

Author(s): George Selden
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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The Defender (1961)

Turgen, a Siberian herder, protects the mountain sheep from a hard winter.

1952

Author(s): Nicholas Kalashnikoff
Illustrator(s): Feodor Rojankovsky

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The Loner (1963)

A boy without a name finds a home with a shepherd.

1964

Author(s): Ester Wier
Illustrator(s): Christine Price

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Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era (1963)

The story of a boy’s pet raccoon, later made into a movie of the same name.

1964

Author(s): Sterling North
Illustrator(s): John Schoenherr

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The Fledgling (1980)

Georgie, a young girl, discovers she can fly.

1981

Author(s): Jane Langton
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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Hatchet (1987)

Thirteen year old Brian is the only survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness.

1988

Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Illustrator(s): Neil Waldman

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The Thief (1996)

Gen boasts he can steal anything, and the King’s Magus takes him up on it.

1997

Author(s): Megan Whalen Turner
Illustrator(s): Walter Gaffney-Kessell

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