Newbery Challenge Update II

Tonight I am giving another update to my Newbery Challenge.

In my Newbery Challenge Update post I mentioned that I had finished reading all of the Newbery Medal winners. Since that time I had to complete this milestone again as the 2014 awards were announced.

For this Newbery Challenge Update I can announce that I have passed the overall midpoint of the challenge. There are 397 books that have won Newbery Medals or have been named as Newbery Honor books. I have now read more than 200 of the books.

Clara Ingram Judson, Abraham Lincoln, Newbery Honor Book, Friend of the PeopleI just finished reading three books by Clara Ingram Judson that were named as Newbery Honor books.

Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People was an interesting read and I learned some new facts about our 16th President.

Many of the older Newbery books are Biographies. I have really enjoyed reading them. Also, there are several authors who won multiple honors for their Biographies. I am getting ready to read a quartet of Biographies by Genevieve Foster that were honor books.

Mr. Justice Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Clara Ingram Judson, Newbery Honor BooksMr. Justice Homes was about Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The book started with Oliver’s childhood and told the story of his life. I definitely learned a lot about Oliver from this book. I am also glad that it included information about his father. I had previously seen them as the same person. I really like the writing of his father.

Theodore Roosevelt, Clara Ingram Judson, Newbery Honor BookTheodore Roosevelt was of course about President Roosevelt. I also learned more about him, especially about his childhood and the many challenges that he overcame.

These three books by Clara Ingram Judson were written in the 1950’s near the end of her life. She wrote more than 70 books for children and is better know for her Mary Jane series which had 19 titles. They were written from 1918 – 1939.

Clara Judson died in 1960 shortly before she was named as the second recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder award.

I have really been enjoying my Newbery Challenge and it is full steam ahead to the next milestone.

What is your favorite Newbery book?




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2 Responses to Newbery Challenge Update II

  1. Sheryl says:

    I read a number of Newberry books when my children were young. I remember really liking the Trumpeter of Krakow and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.

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