Newbery Reading Challenge 2019

A Newbery Reading Challenge for 2019!  What could be better?! This is a new challenge for me, a challenge to read Newbery Award & Honor Books and Caldecott Medal and Honor books.  I love children’s books and this is an opportunity to focus on some of these books for 2019.

Julie from Smiling Shelves is hosting the Newbery Reading Challenge for 2019 and the rules are as follows:

  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Medal or Honor Book

There are five different levels to the Newbery Reading Challenge but I’m going to aim for the easiest, L’Engle at 15-29 points.

Mother and Child Reading by Alfred Smith Carlton source Wikimedia Commona

Here is a list of the Newbery Medal and Honor books from 1922 to the present and here is a list of the Caldecott books.  I can already see that I’m going to have some trouble getting some of the Caldecott books but I have a number of Newbery winners so all is not lost.  There are so many books to choose from but here are some possible titles:

  • Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
  • Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges *
  • The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
  • The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
  • Downright Dencey by Caroline Dale Snedecker
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
  • Calico Bush by Rachel Field
  • All Sails Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud by Armstrong Sperry
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • The White Stag by Kate Seredy
  • Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  • George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray *
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes *
  • Justin Morgan Had A Horse by Marguerite Henry
  • The Hidden Treasures of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett *
  • Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil *
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham *
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedecker (Newbery Honor 1934)  read and reviewed already here and at Children’s Classic Book Carousel with a more in-depth review.

Heavens, there are so many other titles I could list but I’m going to stop here.  The starred ones are books that I’ve read before but are soooo good that they must be read again and again.  I’m looking so forward to starting this challenge!


Books read:

  1. Along Came A Dog by Meinhart DeJong (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1959)
  2. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Newbery Medal Winner 1961)

14 thoughts on “Newbery Reading Challenge 2019

  1. This is a great challenge that I have been wanting to join. However, I don’t think I’ll have the time this year – too many other reading obligations considering the amount of time I have to read. 🙂 But I am trying to make my way through 1001 Children’s books You Should Read Before You Grow up. That way, I can read to my new little one.

    • Yes, you sound like you’re going to have a busy year! Thanks so much for hosting the Shakespeare challenge. I need it to get to my neglected Shakespeare Project! So fun to have little ones to read to! Mine has grown up and while she still would like being read to, she doesn’t have the time. Perhaps I can read to the dogs, lol!

  2. I’ve never thought of reading a Newbery challenge list, for all of the children’s books I’ve read and want to read…hmm…perhaps one to consider. I’m not familiar with most of the books on your list either – so many great books to pick up! I did love Elizabeth George Speare as a child, so I recommender her wholeheartedly.

    • I’m really excited about this challenge. I’ve read some of Elizabeth George Speare’s books and quite enjoyed them. My discovery of Caroline Dale Snedeker is a real find though. I LOVE her books and can’t wait to read more of them!

  3. I’ve been working on this challenge for the last 6 years. I have now read 404 of the 415 Newbery Medal and Honor books. I expect to finish the last 11 books before the end of the year. It has been totally worth it!

    • Wow, that’s awesome, Jean! I’m not even close but just hearing about it is so exciting!! Congratulations! Do you have any favourites that you’d like to share?

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