Here is another update to my Newbery Challenge.
Last month in Newbery Challenge Update V a major milestone had been reached. This month I can claim a minor milestone of having only 75 more books to read.
One of my readers asked if I could post a list of the books or a link to a list. So, here is the best link to follow for a list of the Newbery books: ALA Newbery Books
I will also share a few of the recent Newbery runners-up that I have read since the last update.
Boy with a Pack by Stephen W. Meader was published in 1939 and was a Newbery runner-up in 1940. This Historical Fiction novel tells the story of a young man, Bill Crawford, and his adventures as a peddler. He starts in New Hampshire and travels to Ohio. The story is set in the 1830’s and it gives a nice glimpse into pioneer life and the difficulties of travel at that time.
Bill had many adventures during his journey and gains some new friends along the way. There is also a little bit of romance.
The book is also richly illustrated by Edward Shenton who is best known for illustrating The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
I have read several books by Lois Lenski, including Strawberry Girl which won the Newbery Medal in 1946 and Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison which was a runner-up in 1942.
I did not enjoy this book as much as her other Newbery Award winners, however that will not keep me from searching out a few more of her books as some of the titles intrigue me.
Elizabeth Janet Gray is also know as Elizabeth Gray Vining. She also won multiple Newbery awards. Adam of the Road won the Newbery Medal in 1943 and Meggy MacIntosh (1931) and Young Walter Scott (1936) were runners-up.
The only one of these I have not read is Young Walter Scott and I will be picking it up at the library on Friday.
Sorche Nic Leodhas was the pseudonym of LeClaire Gowans Alger. She was a librarian who collected oral Scottish tales that had never been set down in written form. She published at least a dozen books of Scottish tales.
I really enjoyed this book and learned some interesting things about Scotland.
What will I learn from the next batch of Newbery books? Keep an eye out for the next Newbery Challenge Update.
Which of these books would you read first?
p.s. To find earlier posts in this series click here: Newbery Challenge search