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Encyclopedia > List of Newbery Honor books

The Newbery Honor is a citation given by the American Library Association (ALA) to select American children's books. The Newbery Honor is given to worthy runner ups for the Newbery Medal, a higher honor. Though the Newbery Honor was initiated in 1971, specially cited runners-up for the Newbery Medal from previous years were retroactively named Newbery Honor books.

The following is a list of Newbery Honor books, in reverse chronological order:


Recent winners


  • Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books)


  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Atheneum)
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House/Wendy Lamb Books)
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)
  • A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin (Scholastic)
  • Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (HarperCollins)


  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson (Front Street)


  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)


  • Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis (Putnam)
  • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm (HarperCollins)
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola (Putnam)

The 1990s


  • A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (Dial)


  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (HarperCollins)
  • Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (Delacorte)
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (HarperCollins)


  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer (Richard Jackson/Orchard Books)
  • Moorchild by Eloise McGraw (Margaret McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow/Morrow)
  • Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White (Farrar Straus Giroux)


  • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman (Front Street)
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)
  • Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (Scholastic)


  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (Jackson/Orchard)


  • Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly (HarperCollins)
  • Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep (HarperCollins)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books)


  • What Hearts by Bruce Brooks (A Laura Geringer Book, a HarperCollins imprint)
  • The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack (Knopf)
  • Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Hardcover)


  • Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi (Jackson/Orchard)
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Holiday House)


  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Jackson/Orchard)


  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle (Jackson/Orchard)
  • Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Knopf)
  • The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (Jackson/Orchard)

The 1980s


  • In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton (Harcourt)
  • Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers (Harper)


  • After The Rain by Norma Fox Mazer (Morrow)
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Bradbury)


  • A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant (Bradbury)
  • On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer (Clarion)
  • Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber (Bradbury)


  • Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (Lothrop)
  • Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (Bradbury)


  • Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes (Knopf)
  • The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (Harper)
  • One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox (Bradbury)


  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
  • A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
  • Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky (Macmillan)
  • The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain (Harper)


  • Doctor DeSoto by William Steig (Farrar)
  • Graven Images by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
  • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz (Putnam)
  • Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (Philomel)


  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal (Farrar)


  • The Fledgling by Jane Langton (Harper)
  • A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar)


  • The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian (Greenwillow)

The 1970s



  • Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
  • Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater (Lippincott)


  • Abel's Island by William Steig (Farrar)
  • A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond (Atheneum)


  • The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis (Viking)
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (Harper)


  • Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier (Four Winds)
  • The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Houghton)
  • Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene (Dial)



  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel (Harper)
  • The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (Crowell)
  • The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Atheneum)


  • Incident At Hawk's Hill by Allan W. Eckert (Little, Brown)
  • The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
  • The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin (Atheneum)
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles (Little, Brown)
  • The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Atheneum)


  • Knee Knock Rise by Natalie Babbitt (Farrar)
  • Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (Atheneum)
  • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)


  • Our Eddie by Sulamith Ish-Kishor (Pantheon)
  • The Many Ways of Seeing: An Introduction to the Pleasures of Art by Janet Gaylord Moore (World)
  • Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele (Viking)

The 1960s


  • To Be a Slave by Julius Lester (Dial)
  • When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Farrar)


  • Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
  • The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
  • The Fearsome Inn by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Scribner)
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Atheneum)


  • The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
  • Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Harper)
  • The Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik (Atheneum)



  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (Follett)


  • Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era by Sterling North (Dutton)
  • The Loner by Ester Wier (McKay)


  • Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland by Sorche Nic Leodhas, pseud. (Leclaire Alger) (Holt)
  • Men of Athens by Olivia Coolidge (Houghton)


  • Frontier Living by Edwin Tunis (World)
  • The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (Coward)
  • Belling The Tiger by Mary Stolz (Harper)


  • America Moves Forward: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson (Morrow)
  • Old Ramon by Jack Schaefer (Houghton)
  • The Cricket In Times Square by George Selden, pseud. (George Thompson) (Farrar)


  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (Dutton)
  • America Is Born: A History for Peter by Gerald W. Johnson (Morrow)
  • The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall (Harcourt)

The 1950s


  • The Family Under The Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (Harper)
  • Along Came A Dog by Meindert Dejong (Harper)
  • Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay (Harcourt)
  • The Perilous Road by William O. Steele (Harcourt)


  • The Horsecatcher by Mari Sandoz (Westminster)
  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (Harcourt)
  • The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson (Viking)
  • Tom Paine, Freedom's Apostle by Leo Gurko (Crowell)


  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Harper)
  • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
  • Mr. Justice Holmes by Clara Ingram Judson (Follett)
  • The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads (Viking)
  • Black Fox of Lorne by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)


  • The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Scribner)
  • The Golden Name Day by Jennie Lindquist (Harper)
  • Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katherine Shippen (Viking)


  • Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (Scribner)
  • Banner In The Sky by James Ullman (Lippincott)


  • All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop (Viking)
  • Shadrach by Meindert Dejong (Harper)
  • Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejong (Harper)
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot by Clara Ingram Judson (Follett)
  • Magic Maize by Mary & Conrad Buff (Houghton)


  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (Harper)
  • Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (Coward)
  • Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil (Viking)
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh (Scribner)
  • Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 by Genevieve Foster (Scribner)


  • Americans Before Columbus by Elizabeth Baity (Viking)
  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling (Houghton)
  • The Defender by Nicholas Kalashnikoff (Scribner)
  • The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer (Viking)
  • The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff (Houghton)


  • Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt (Lippincott)
  • Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton (Morrow)
  • Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People by Clara Ingram Judson (Follett)
  • The Story of Appleby Capple by Anne Parrish (Harper)


  • Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill (Viking)
  • The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Coblentz (Longmans)
  • Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery (Doubleday)
  • George Washington by Genevieve Foster (Scribner)
  • Song of The Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter & Marion Havighurst (Winston)

The 1940s


  • Seabird by Holling C. Holling (Houghton)
  • Daughter of the Mountain by Louise Rankin (Viking)
  • My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett (Random House)
  • Story of the Negro by Arna Bontemps (Knopf)


  • Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop (Viking)
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger (Abingdon)
  • The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman (Bobbs-Merrill)
  • The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander (Holt)
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)


  • Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes (Messner)
  • Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff (Viking)
  • The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell (Harper)
  • The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher, pseud. (Darwin L. Teilhet) (Appleton)
  • The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett (Viking)


  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
  • The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means (Houghton)
  • Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear by Christine Weston (Scribner)
  • New Found World by Katherine Shippen (Viking)


  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
  • The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh (Scribner)
  • Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster (Scribner)
  • Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams by Jeanetter Eaton (Harcourt)


  • These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
  • Fog Magic by Julia Sauer (Viking)
  • Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
  • Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates (Coward)


  • The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
  • Have You Seen Tom Thumb? by Mabel Leigh Hunt (Lippincott)


  • Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
  • George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster (Scribner)
  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
  • Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin (Viking)


  • Blue Willow by Doris Gates (Viking)
  • Young Mac of Fort Vancouver by Mary Jane Carr (Crowell)
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
  • Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall (Viking)


  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy (Viking)
  • Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz by Mabel Robinson (Random House)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)
  • Boy with a Pack by Stephen W. Meader (Harcourt)

The 1930s


  • Nino by Valenti Angelo (Viking)
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard & Florence Atwater (Little, Brown)
  • Hello the Boat! by Phyllis Crawford (Holt)
  • Leader By Destiny: George Washington, Man and Patriot by Jeanette Eaton (Harcourt)
  • Penn by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)


  • Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman (Little, Brown)
  • Bright Island by Mabel Robinson (Random House)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper)


  • Phoebe Fairchild: Her Book by Lois Lenski (Stokes)
  • Whistler's Van by Idwal Jones (Viking)
  • The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
  • Winterbound by Margery Bianco (Viking)
  • The Codfish Musket by Agnes Hewes (Doubleday)
  • Audubon by Constance Rourke (Harcourt)


  • Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong (Dodd)
  • The Good Master by Kate Seredy (Viking)
  • Young Walter Scott by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
  • All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud by Armstrong Sperry (Winston)


  • Pageant of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger (Longmans)
  • Davy Crockett by Constance Rourke (Harcourt)
  • Day On Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Von Stockum (Harper)


  • The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Snedeker (Doubleday)
  • Swords of Steel by Elsie Singmaster (Houghton)
  • ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág (Coward)
  • Winged Girl of Knossos by Erik Berry, pseud. (Allena Best) (Appleton)
  • New Land by Sarah Schmidt (McBride)
  • Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside by Padraic Colum (Macmillan)
  • Glory of the Seas by Agnes Hewes (Knopf)
  • Apprentice of Florence by Ann Kyle (Houghton)


  • Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
  • The Railroad To Freedom: A Story of the Civil War by Hildegarde Swift (Harcourt)
  • Children of the Soil: A Story of Scandinavia by Nora Burglon (Doubleday)


  • The Fairy Circus by Dorothy P. Lathrop (Macmillan)
  • Calico Bush by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
  • Boy of the South Seas by Eunice Tietjens (Coward-McCann)
  • Out of the Flame by Eloise Lownsbery (Longmans)
  • Jane's Island by Marjorie Allee (Houghton)
  • Truce of the Wolf and Other Tales of Old Italy by Mary Gould Davis (Harcourt)


  • Floating Island by Anne Parrish (Harper)
  • The Dark Star of Itza: The Story of A Pagan Princess by Alida Malkus (Harcourt)
  • Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard (Doubleday)
  • Mountains are Free by Julie Davis Adams (Dutton)
  • Spice and the Devil's Cave by Agnes Hewes (Knopf)
  • Meggy MacIntosh by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Doubleday)
  • Garram the Hunter: A Boy of the Hill Tribes by Herbert Best (Doubleday)
  • Ood-Le-Uk the Wanderer by Alice Lide & Margaret Johansen (Little, Brown)


  • A Daughter of the Seine: The Life of Madame Roland by Jeanette Eaton (Harper)
  • Pran of Albania by Elizabeth Miller (Doubleday)
  • Jumping-Off Place by Marion Hurd McNeely (Longmans)
  • The Tangle-Coated Horse and Other Tales by Ella Young (Longmans)
  • Vaino by Julia Davis Adams (Dutton)
  • Little Blacknose by Hildegarde Swift (Harcourt)

The 1920s


  • Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo by John Bennett (Longmans)
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág (Coward)
  • The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallock (Dutton)
  • Clearing Weather by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
  • Runaway Papoose by Grace Moon (Doubleday)
  • Tod of the Fens by Elinor Whitney (Macmillan)


  • The Wonder Smith and His Son by Ella Young (Longmans)
  • Downright Dencey by Caroline Snedeker (Doubleday)

1927 [None recorded]


  • The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum (Macmillan)


  • Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story by Annie Carroll Moore (Putnam)
  • The Dream Coach by Anne Parrish (Macmillan)

1924 [None recorded]

1923 [None recorded]


  • The Great Quest by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
  • Cedric the Forester by Bernard Marshall (Appleton)
  • The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure by William Bowen (Macmillan)
  • The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum (Macmillan)
  • The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs (Macmillan)

  Results from FactBites:
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (674 words)
Popper's Penguins is a children's book written by Richard and Florence Atwater, originally published in 1938.
This book is often included in the reading curriculum in grades 2, 3, or 4.
Popper's Penguins was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1939.
Newbery Honor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1803 words)
The Newbery Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to select American children's books.
The Newbery Honor is given to worthy runner ups for the Newbery Medal, a higher honor.
Though the Newbery Honor was initiated in 1971, specially cited runners-up for the Newbery Medal from previous years were retroactively named Newbery Honor books.
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