Newbery Winners
1947 - 1951

1951 Medal Winner

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates YA NEWBERY Yates, E.

Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book.

Honor Books

Better Known as Johnny Appleseed by Mabel Leigh Hunt 

Gandhi, Fighter Without a Sword by Jeanette Eaton 

Mohandas Gandhi, one of the world's greatest figures has already become legend. In this book Jeanette Eaton shows him as a human being. The author wanted to show you that Gandhi did not grow up in a poor neighborhood, in fact his family was quite well off financially speaking, but Gandhi still changed his life style to that of simplicity and poverty so that he would be able to help those who could choose to live like this. This book was well detailed and went through all of things that you should know about Gandhi and his life.

Abraham Lincoln, Friend of the People by Clara Ingram Judson 

The Story of Appleby Capple by Anne Parrish

1950 Medal Winner

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli YA NEWBERY DeAngeli, M.

While the plague and war with the Welsh rage through fourteenth-century London, ten-year-old Robin, son of a great lord, comes of age. He finds Lindsey Castle, where he travels to become a knight, besieged by the Welsh--and he alone can save it. Illustrated.

Honor Books

Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill YA Caudill, R.

The two eldest children of a pioneer family are determined to carry their love of beauty and learning to their new home in the Kentucky Wilderness.

The Blue Cat of Castle Town by Catherine Coblentz 

The Blue Cat and the song of the river inspired me to look for beauty, truth and integrity in my life, to value the stength of love and honesty. " All that is worth doing is worth doing well, sang the river. With your life fashion beauty. Riches will pass and power, beauty remains. Sing your own song" {From the book} This book is wonderfull for children and all ages.

Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery 

This is a heartwarming story, very well written, about a man who builds a home on the side of a giant redwood tree. A family of skunks claim the house as their own, and the man is kind to them. Other forest animals visit, as well. The man doesn't have the heart to turn the animals away, nor can he turn away children from two feuding families.

George Washington by Genevieve Foster 

Song of The Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter & Marion Havighurst 

1949 Medal Winner 

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry j NEWBERY HEN

"Vivid portrayals of Morocco, France, and England during the 1700s are presented while the story unfolds. With its illustrations by Wesley Dennis, this is one of the most distinguished books of the year".--School Library Journal.

Honor Books

Seabird by Holling C. Holling j HOL

The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.

Daughter of the Mountain by Louise Rankin

Momo has always wanted a Lhasa terrier--a dog like the ones the Tibetan Buddhist priests hold sacred in their temples. When a trader brings Pempa to her parents' teahouse, Momo's dream comes true. Then a band of robbers steals the valuable dog, and to recover him, Momo must make a dangerous journey she may not survive.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth S. Gannett j GAN
A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island. 

Story of the Negro by Arna Bontemps 

1948 Medal Winner 

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois YA NEWBERY DuBois, W.

"When Prof. William Waterman Sherman was found adrift in the Atlantic clinging to the debris of twenty-one balloons, all America was rocked with curiosity. . . . Dead-pan humor mingles extravaganza with the smallest practicalities."--"The New York Times." Newbery Honor Book.

Honor Books

Pancakes-Paris by Claire Huchet Bishop 

Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger

The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot by Catherine Besterman 

The Cow-Tail Switch, and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander
A collection of West African folk tales about men and animals, kings, warriors, and farmers. 

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry j HEN 

Two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.

1947 Medal Winner

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey j NEWBERY BAI

Miss Hickory is very worried. Her owner has moved to Boston, and how can Miss Hickory survive a harsh New Hampshire winter all alone? After all, she is just a doll whose body is an apple -wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, and whose house is made out of corncobs. But Miss Hickory has ingenuity, and the help of neighbors like Crow, Bull Frog, and Ground Hog to see her through. And near the end of those cold, dark months, something unexpected happens to Miss Hickory--something even more welcome than the coming of spring.

Honor Books

Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes 

Big Tree by Mary & Conrad Buff 

The book had a profound influence over me. The story helped me as a child put in perspective time as it relates to humans and time as it may relate to other entities in nature. I ended up with a life long interest in nature and a Biology undergraduate degree. Everywhere I live as an adult I plant my region's closest relative to a Big Tree (a bald cypress).

The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell

The Marvell family unintentionally leaves their Wisconsin farm unattended when they visit their grandmother in Virginia, but a surprising group of close friends comes to the rescue.

The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher, pseud. (Darwin L. Teilhet)

While visiting his uncle in the mountains of France shortly after World War II, Johnny stumbles upon an evil plot being hatched by a fugitive Nazi spy

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor Jewett 

This book takes place in a real town town, in a real time, and most of the characters realy did live. For a historical fiction book, this was exciting and very interesting. The boy named Hugh in this book actually did find King Arthur's grave. His whole name was Sir Hugh de Morville. I recommend this book highly to anyone that likes an adventure.