I am really getting into my blog and Twitter. Thanks to Twitter I found @MrSchuReads and his blog. One of his posts from 2012 was a Newbery Medal challenge. Click here to read his Newbery Medal Challenge post…or watch his YouTube video.
This seems to go hand in hand with my AR challenge. My reading list is already so long but I would like to do more to encourage our Sterling students to read the Newbery Books…so I will actually be alternating between the beginning of the list (1922) to the current winner\honor books.
The ALCS website is a great resource. I will probably make my own list so I can connect the Newbery Books to those in my other lists. My lists are still a work in progress but I feel having a Newbery list will expand my readership beyond Missouri.
I will start with the 1922 Winner, The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon. I won’t lie…this book has been what has kept me from this challenge before.
Luckily, I will have the most recent winner (2016) to look forward to reading (Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena). Here I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of this book before looking it up.However, a pleasant surprise is that I have already read one of the Honor Books (The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley), another is already on my list to read (Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan) and I donated a copy of the third (Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson) after our last bookfair.
*Update… just realized I listed the 2016 books as most recent… the 2017 are on the ALCS website… I just missed them. SO… they are…
2017 Newbery Medal Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2017 Newbery Honor Books:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
The Inquistor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
I am not familiar with ANY of the 2017 books… other than seeing the cover of the winner on @MrSchuReads Twitter. So I guess I will be reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon after I read The Story of Mankind.
I will make my Newbery Book list soon… it will be a big project so I will link it here when finished and post and tweet it too! 🙂