‘Tis the season to unwrap new Kindles! For all those newbies who might be looking for inexpensive children’s ebooks, I’m starting a new category on my blog: Bargain Ebooks. I hope to contribute to it regularly during the next year, but to start off right, I’m going to list my favorites from 2011 in no particular order. All of them are 3.99 or under!
Oscar’s Gift, by Lisa Rivero - a beautifully-written story about homesteading in South Dakota. 8-12 (my review)
Here Comes Mr. Trouble, by Brett Battles - fast-paced fun sure to please adventure lovers. 8-12 (my review)
Seranfyll, by Christina Daley - a fantastic world with lots of interesting characters. 12+ (my review)
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (book 1), by Elise Stokes - adventure series with a kid superhero. 10+ (my review)
Sea Cutter, by Timothy C. Davis - a high seas adventure with non-stop action. 8-12 (my review)
The Prize, by Lars D. Hedbor – a story within the American Revolution. 14+ (my review)
And of course my own books:
The Quill Pen - a fun fantasy. 8-12 (watch the trailer)
The Candle Star (Divided Decade Trilogy, 1)- Civil War historical fiction. 10+ (watch the trailer)
Broken Ladders (Divided Decade Trilogy, 2) - Civil War historical fiction. 10+
The Color of Freedom - Revolutionary War historical fiction. 12+ (watch the trailer)
In a continuing effort to highlight excellence, here is a list of books that won high honors in the annual contest for the Newbery Medal, the greatest award given for children’s literature. Title links connect to mostly paperback editions. Kindle editions are available where noted. If the Kindle notation is not a hyperlink, downloads are available through the title link. As I read them, I’ll also link to my reviews.
I love to see what’s new in the world of children’s literature, and I’m so excited about the new ebook revolution with its possibilities and opportunities for new authors. But I am and always will be a great proponent of the classics. These are stories that have stood the test of time. They became classics because they had something fresh or valuable to say, something worthy of remembering and passing on. Because they’ve been told over and over – some to generations of children – they have entwined themselves with the definition of our culture. Becoming familiar with such works is part of becoming educated in one’s own heritage.
Drawing on several sources, I’ve created a list of classic children’s stories. I cut off my list at 1977, but we must remember, children will define their own classics. Stories that are being written now will long hold a place in their hearts. They will be passed down from our children to our grandchildren with fond memories. This list could be added to every year.
Earlier than 1900 – These are what experts tend to agree on as the most noteworthy in history, those we should be familiar with on an academic basis. They are included on high school and college reading lists. They have become stories for adults more than for children, due to the challenges of passing time and changing language. Yet they are still a valuable source of adventure and imagination and history. I’d recommend them as read-alouds, so parent and children might enjoy them together.
- Arabian Nights
- Aesop’s Fables
- Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 1719
- Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift – 1726
- Tales of Mother Goose – Charles Perrault – 1729 (English)
- The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Rudolf Wyss – 1812-3
- The Nutcracker and the Mouse King – E. T. A. Hoffman – 1816
- Ivanhoe – Walter Scott – 1819
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving – 1819 Review
- Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving – 1820
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – 1823 (English)
- The Night Before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore - 1823
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo – 1831
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – 1843
- The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas, père – 1844
- Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen – 1846 (English)
- A Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne – 1864
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – 1865
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott – 1868
- Lorna Doone – R. D. Blackmore – 1869
- Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne – 1870 Review
- At the Back of the North Wind – George MacDonald – 1871
- The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald – 1871
- Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll – 1871
- Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne – 1873 Review
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain – 1876
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell – 1877
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle – 1883
- Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson – 1883
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 1884
- Heidi – Johanna Spyri – 1884 (English)
- The Adventures of Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi – 1891 (English)
- The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling - 1894
After 1900 – These are stories more dear to a modern reader’s heart. They are the tales today’s adults grew up reading, which haven’t passed quite so far into memory. These also make wonderful read-alouds, but they are much easier for a child to pick up and read alone. And for a child, they are still historical.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum – 1900
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter – 1902
- The Call of the Wild – Jack London – 1903 Review
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin – 1903
- Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie – 1904
- A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1905
- White Fang – Jack London – 1906
- Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery – 1908
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame – 1908
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – 1909/1911
- The Lost World – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1912
- Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter – 1913
- The Story of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting – 1920
- The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
- Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne – 1926
- Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder – 1935
- The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien – 1937
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins - Richard and Florence Atwater - 1938
- Curious George – H. A. Rey – 1941
- The Black Stallion - Walter Farley - 1941
- The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – 1943
- Homer Price - McCloskey, Robert – 1943
- Johnny Tremain - By Esther Forbes - 1943
- Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren – 1945
- Big Red - Jim Kjelgaard - 1945
- The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge – 1946
- Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown – 1947
- Misty of Chincoteague - Marguerite Henry - 1947
- King of the Wind - Henry, Marguerite – 1948
- The Door in the Wall - de Angeli, Marguerite – 1949
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis - 1950
- Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren, Astrid – 1950
- Charlotte’s Web - E. B. White - 1952
- The Borrowers - By Mary Norton - 1953
- Old Yeller - Fred Gipson - 1956
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Speare, Elizabeth George – 1958
- Island of the Blue Dolphins - O’Dell, Scott – 1960
- The Cricket in Times Square - Selden, George – 1960
- Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls, Wilson – 1961
- James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl - 1961
- A Wrinkle in Time - L’Engle, Madeleine – 1962
- The Book of Three - By Lloyd Alexander Holt - 1964
- Harriet the Spy - Fitzhugh, Louise – 1964
- The Black Cauldron - Alexander, Lloyd – 1965
- Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl - Frank, Anne – 1967
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Konigsburg, E. L. – 1967
- Ramona the Pest - Cleary, Beverly – 1968
- Sounder - Armstrong, William – 1969 Review
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - By Robert C. O’Brien - 1971
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Robinson, Barbara – 1972
- Caddie Woodlawn - Brink, Carol Ryrie – 1973
- Tuck Everlasting - By Natalie Babbitt. Farrar - 1975
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Taylor, Mildred – 1976
- The Incredible Journey - Burnford, Sheila – 1977
- Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson - 1977 Review
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In a continuing effort to highlight excellence, here is a list of books that won high honors in the annual contest for the Newbery Medal, the greatest award given for children’s literature. Title links connect to paperback editions (some hardcover). Kindle editions are available where noted. If the Kindle notation is not a hyperlink, downloads are available through the title link. As I read them, I’ll also link to book reviews on this blog.
Categories: Book Lists
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The Newbery Medal is the highest honor given to an American children’s novel. It is awarded yearly by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). In other words, any book stamped with this medallion would be an excellent choice, as would with the yearly runners-up marked with a Newbery Honor medal. The first award dates back to 1922.
I have read widely among the Newbery winners and honor books, and I highly recommend them as examples of the highest quality children’s literature. If you are searching for a great story for yourself or your child, this is an easy place to start. For the convenience of my readers, I have compiled a list of the winners, starting with the most recent, and linked them to print editions on Amazon. I’ve noted when a title is available on Kindle. (If the Kindle notation isn’t a hyperlink, you can access the Kindle version from the book title hyperlink.) And if a review of the book exists on this blog, I have linked to that also. Slowly, I will be adding more reviews.
- 2010 – When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. Kindle.
- 2009 – The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Kindle.
- 2008 – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz.
- 2007 – The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron. Kindle.
- 2006 – Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins. Kindle.
- 2005 – Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata. Kindle.
- 2004 – The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo. Kindle.
- 2003 – Crispin : The Cross of Lead, by Avi. Kindle. Review
- 2002 – A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park.
- 2001 – A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck. Kindle.
- 2000 – Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. Kindle.
- 1999 – Holes, by Louis Sachar. Kindle.
- 1998 – Out Of The Dust, by Karen Hesse.
- 1997 – The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg. Kindle.
- 1996 – The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman. Kindle.
- 1995 – Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech. Kindle.
- 1994 – The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Kindle.
- 1993 – Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant. Kindle.
- 1992 – Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
- 1991 – Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli.
- 1990 – Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. Kindle.
- 1989 – Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, by Raul Fleishman.
- 1988 – Lincoln: A Photobiography, by Russell Freedman.
- 1987 – The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman. Kindle.
- 1986 – Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan.
- 1985 – The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley.
- 1984 – Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary. Kindle.
- 1983 – Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt. Kindle.
- 1982 – A Visit to William Blake’s Inn, by Nancy Willard
- 1981 – Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Patterson. Kindle.
- 1980 – A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32, by Joan Blos
- 1979 – The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin. Kindle.
- 1978 – Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson. Kindle. Review
- 1977 – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Hear my Cry, by Mildred Taylor.
- 1976 – The Grey King, by Susan Cooper. Kindle.
- 1975 – M.C. Higgins, the Great, the Great, by Virginia Hamilton. Kindle.
- 1974 – The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox.
- 1973 – Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George.
- 1972 – Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, by Robert C. O’Brien.
- 1971 – Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars.
- 1970 – Sounder, by William H. Armstrong. Kindle. Review
- 1969 – The High King, by Lloyd Alexander.
- 1968 – From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Kronigsburg. Kindle.
- 1967 – Up a Road Slowly, by Irene Hunt. Kindle.
- 1966 – I, Juan de Pareja, by Elizabeth Borton deTrevino.
- 1965 – Shadow of a Bull, by Maia Wojciechowska.
- 1964 – It’s Like This, Cat, by Emily Cheney Neville. Free Kindle download. Review
- 1963 – A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Kindle.
- 1962 – The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare. Kindle. Review
- 1961 – Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. Kindle.
My favorites from earlier years:
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