Newbery Winners
1942 - 1946

1946 Medal Winner

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski j NEWBERY LEN 

Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking the strawberries. Her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven't even begun their planting. Making the new farm prosper won't be easy--what with the heat, the droughts, the cold snaps and the neighbors.

Honor Books

Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry j HEN

An unusual work horse raised in Vermont and known originally as "Little Bub" becomes the sire of a famous American breed and takes the name of his owner, Justin Morgan.

The Moved-Outers by Florence Crannell Means j MEA

Sue is a typical American high school senior who suddenly becomes atypical in December 1941, upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When your family name is Ohara, the government doesn't care if you are U.S.-born and a child of American citizens. Sue and her family are interned in a prison camp along with thousands of other Japanese-Americans accused of being spies for Japan. How Sue and her family deal with being Americans in an American that doesn't trust them is handled sensitively, and gives an interesting view of a little-discussed (and shameful) era of our history. 

Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear by Christine Weston 

New Found World by Katherine Shippen 

1945 Medal Winner

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson j NEWBERY LAW

New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers

Honor Books 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes j EST 

A story about Wanda, who wore the same faded dress to school every day but claimed to have a hundred dresses at home. This tender and lovely story has beautiful full-color illustrations that brilliantly convey the feeling and overtones of the story. 

The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh 

Janet is the main character and lives in Trinidad but then she moves to England. Her father gives her a silver pencil for Christmas. After Christmas, her father dies. She was very sad. She came to America to attended college to become a kindergarden teacher. She wrote a story with her silver pencil and got it published. 

Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster 

Lone Journey: The Life of Roger Williams by Jeanetter Eaton 

1944 Medal Winner

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes YA NEWBERY Forbes, E

A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent passionate times in Boston just after the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with James Otis, John Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington.

Honor Books

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder j WIL 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House In The Big Woods. As her classic Little House books tell us, she and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. For millions of readers, she lives forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Fog Magic by Julia Sauer j SAU

A child of Nova Scotia who loves the fog is transported by it to a secret world of her own.

Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes j EST

You've never met anyone quite like Rufus Moffat. He gets things done, but he gets them done his way. When he wants to check out library books, Rufus teaches himself to write.even though he doesn't yet know how to read. When food is scarce, he plants some special "Rufus beans" that actually grow.despite his digging them up every day to check on them. And Rufus has friends that other people don't even know exist! He discovers the only invisible piano player in town, has his own personal flying horse for a day, and tours town with the Cardboard Boy, his dearest friend-and enemy. 
Rufus isn't just the youngest Moffat, he's also the cleverest, the funniest, and the most unforgettable.

Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates

There were boulders at the top and he picked his way carefully among them. Suddenly he stopped still, gripping a rock and flattening himself against it. Not ten paces from him was a gray wolf, and around her four well-grown cubs were playing--prettily, if anything that spelt such horror could be pretty. His hands felt like ice on the rock.  Wolves, weather, a black lamb, a trusty dog--all are part of Peter's life on a mountain farm. His best friend is Benj, a wise old shepherd, and Benj teaches him to care for the sprightly lamb that becomes his own special pet, his cosset. As Biddy grows into her place as leader of the flock, Peter grows too, learning the skills and joys of the shepherd's life. 

1943 Medal Winner

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray YA NEWBERY Gray, E
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

Honor Books

The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes j EST

Who is Jane Moffat, anyway? She isn't the youngest in the family, and she isn't the oldest-she is always just Jane. How boring. So Jane decides to become a figure of mystery . the mysterious "Middle Moffat." But being in the middle is a lot harder than it looks. In between not rescuing stray dogs, and losing and finding best friends, Jane must secretly look after the oldest inhabitant of he can live to be one hundred. Between brushing her hair from her eyes and holding up her stockings, she has to help the girls' basketball team win the championship. And it falls to Jane-the only person in town with enough courage-to stand up to the frightful mechanical wizard, Wallie Bangs. Jane is so busy keeping Cranbury in order that she barely has time to be plain old Jane. Sometimes the middle is the most exciting place of all.

Have You Seen Tom Thumb? by Mabel Leigh Hunt 

1942 Medal Winner

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds j NEWBERY EDM
Winner of the Newbery Medal, this stirring tale of a small boy, his mother and younger sister, and an antique matchlock gun, is based on a true story.

Honor Books

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder j WIL

The little settlement of The Long Winter becomes a frontier town and Laura, at age 15, receives a certificate to teach school.

George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster

This book will make you enjoy eating your cultural veggies. First of all, the authors took the trouble to include the trivial details about the "players" that make them human and interesting. Also, because of Ms. Foster's unique panoramic approach to history, you are better able to understand the environment that made our heroes and villains what they became. Although this book is considered a children's book, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone over the age of 10 or so. The text will certainly not bore you.

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski j LEN

The true story of Mary Jemison, a young girl taken captive by the Seneca Indians, features a personal account of the experience authentically reconstructed and illustrated, and includes the discoveries that can be made when two cultures collide.

Down Ryton Water by Eva Roe Gaggin 

It is about a boy and his family who, after living in many places finally end up on the Mayflower headed for New England---but that's not the end of their adventures! The Mother of the boy has a sense of humor that makes this book fun to read. This is a great book if you want to get the feel for what the pilgrims went through to get to New England.