Now that’s is May, it’s time for another stop along our 2016 Reading Adventure. Over the next four weeks, we’re going to be reading some amazing books – Newbery Award winners.
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Every year, the American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal to the most distinguished American children’s book that was published during the previous year. It was the first children’s book award, beginning in 1922 with The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon.
Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your student will find a title that interests them. In fact, my oldest daughter is on a quest to read as many of the winners as possible.
Whether your middle schooler likes to read or not, choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Personally, I would start with some of the more recent books as some of the older titles may contain some outdated language and beliefs.
Or start with these five. They are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for tweens and teens.
Newbery Award Books for Middle School Students
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
When Claudia runs away from home, she doesn’t just go anywhere, she runs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, bringing her brother, Jamie, along with her. While hiding in the museum, they become captivated by an angel statue and the mystery surrounding it and it’s previous owner, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. What a grand adventure readers are taken on!
1967 Newbery Medal winner.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
What exactly is an ideal world? That’s a question kids will ponder as they read this novel. When Jonas becomes the new Receiver of Memory, he discovers the truth about his community. Truth that the leaders want to stay hidden. He is soon faced with the fact that pain, disappointment, anger, and murder exist in the world, just not where he lives and he must make a choice that could change everything.
1994 Newbery Medal winner.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley finds himself sent to Camp Green Lake (a boy’s detention center) for a crime he didn’t commit. Once there, he realizes this is not the camp he was expecting. Instead of character building through swimming and interesting activities, the boys spend their days digging big holes. But what exactly are they looking for?
1999 Newbery Medal winner.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Within the Pacific Ocean, there is an island that was once permanently inhabited by a tribe of Indians. Russian fur traders found the island and came frequently to stock up on animal pelts. One day, the tribe leaves the island, but Karana ends up jumping off the boat when she realized her brother has been left behind. Surviving on a remote island by yourself requires tenacity, courage, and creativity. Luckily, Karana has all three.
1961 Newbery Medal winner.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Abilene Tucker has been sent away by her father to live with a friend of his in Manifest, Kansas. Although her father has told her many fascinating tales about the town, she is quite disappointed when her imagination doesn’t match reality. However, when she is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old mystery and works with some new friends to find a spy, she realizes there is more to this sleepy town than she first realized.
2011 Newbery Medal winner.
Aside from these Newbery Medal winners, check out these classic titles that will challenge teens, inspiring biographies, and personal growth books that are appropriate for tweens & teens.
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What is your teen’s favorite Newbery Medal winner?