Friday, June 08, 2007

Book Awards Reading Challenge (Newbery)

I'm posting my list for yet another challenge, but I am not sure if I will be able to follow through. I've been wanting to read these books and this challenge helps to motivate me, yet I don't want to feel any pressure; therefore, I give myself the permission to read what I want, when I want and if I want. If I complete it...great! If I don't, that's okay too. I will certainly give it a good try.



Sponsored By: 3M
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008

All my choices are Newbery Medal Winners:
(awarded for best American book for children)

Walk Two Moons (Creech) ~ 1995
Finished on 8-18-07

Maniac Magee (Spinelli) ~ 1991
Finished on 9-10-07

*3. Number the Stars (Lowry) ~ 1990
Finished on 9-16-07

The Whipping Boy (Fleischman) ~ 1987
Finished on 8-14-07

Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan) ~ 1986
Finished on 7-25-07

Dear Mr. Henshaw (Cleary) ~ 1984
Finished on 8-8-07

*7. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Taylor) ~ 1977
Finished on 10-3-07

8. Julie of the Wolves (George) ~ 1973

9. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien) ~ 1972

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsburg) ~ 1968
Finished on 9-7-07

Island of the Blue Dolphins (O'Dell) ~ 1961
Finished on 9-11-07

*12. The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Speare) ~ 1959
Finished on 10-9-07


*1. The Higher Power of Lucky (Patron) ~ 2007
Finished on 9-17-07

2. Ginger Pye (Estes) ~ 1952

3. The Twenty-One Balloons (Pene du Bois) ~ 1948

*4. Caddie Woodlawn (Brink) ~ 1936
Finished on 9-30-07


  1. I added a lot of Newbery for my choices too. We have Roll of Thunder & Number the Stars in common. The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one of our fav. all time read alouds!

  2. The Mixed-up Files is delightful -- you'll enjoy it!

  3. That's a great list. I've been thinking of changing some of my choices to more Newberry's. I have Island of the Blue Dolphins on audio to listen to on my trip down to the beach next week.

  4. Glad you joined, Joy.

    I like your new look!

  5. Amy ~ I look forward to reading your thoughts on them.

    Tristi ~ Oh...that's good to hear. Thank you.

    Nyssaneala ~ Happy Reading! And I hope you have a great time!

    3M ~ I've had these on a TBR list forever...just never got to them. I'm thinking over a year I should be able to fit one in every now and then. :)

  6. 3M ~ Oops forgot to say ... thank you. :)

  7. The Mixed-Up Files is one of my all time favorite books from elementary school!! Enjoy!

    Harriet the Spy and Tree Wagon were two of my other favorites from that age.

  8. Suzi ~ I wasn't a reader in elementary school, so I missed out on a lot. :( Actually many of these have been in my classroom and I've never read them. I need to get caught up!

  9. This comment was accidently entered on the wrong post:

    Lisa Jean said...
    Great list. I read The Higher Power of Lucky a month ago and was quite impressed after all the hooha over the "bad" word.

    12:02 PM

  10. Lisa Jean ~ Someone else on the Book Awards blog just told me the same thing. Maybe I'm going to use that alternate after all.

  11. I actually joined a Newberry challenge. It was a nice break from heavier reading.
    Another TBR participant.
    Happy reading.

  12. Sarala ~ I saw the Newbery Challenge on somebody else's blog after I decided to join this one. I believe it was already in progress though. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Anonymous10:16 AM

    Oh, I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins, it is one of my favorite childhood books and I actually still have my worn paperback copy. I have never read the NIMH book but the movie holds a special place in my heart as a treasured childhood memory of seeing that in the theater with one of my aunts.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  14. Lesley ~ I'm looking forward to my choices. I hope they hold my interest and don't seem too childish. :) I plan on using them as "inbetween" books.


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