Newbery Winners
1952 - 1956

1956 Medal Winner

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham YA NEWBERY Latham, J.

A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored “The American Practical Navigator”.

Honor Books

The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 

The Golden Name Day by Jennie Lindquist 

Men, Microscopes, and Living Things by Katherine Shippen 

1955 Medal Winner

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong YA NEWBERY DeJong, M

"Six school children bring the storks (harbingers of good luck) back to their little Dutch village. (A story) written with dramatic power and a deep insight into the minds and hearts of children".--Booklist. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book.

Honor Books

Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh j DAL Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father must go back to bring the rest of the family. 

Banner In The Sky by James Ullman YA Ullman, J. + j ULL 

"Fifteen years ago, Rudi Matt's father died trying to climb the Citadel, the last unconquered summit in the Alps. Now, at 16, Rudi wants to place his banner on the top to prove that it can be done." 

1954 Medal Winner

...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold YA NEWBERY Krumgold, J.

"A memorable and deeply moving story of a family of New Mexican sheepherders, in which Miguel, neither child nor man, tells of his great longing to accompany men and sheep to summer pasture, and expresses his need to be recognized as a maturing individual".--Booklist. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book.

Honor Books

All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop 

Shadrach by Meindert Dejong 

In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law.

Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert Dejong j DEJ

Theodore Roosevelt, Fighting Patriot by Clara Ingram Judson 

Magic Maize
by Mary & Conrad Buff 

1953 Medal Winner

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark YA NEWBERY Clark, A. 

"The story of an Incan boy who lives in a hidden valley high in the mountains of Peru with old Chuto the llama herder. Unknown to Cusi, he is of royal blood and is the 'chosen one.' A compelling story."--"Booklist."

Honor Books

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White j WHI 

This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur-and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to be quite a pig.

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw 

A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture. 

Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil 

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

A young boy sent on an errand over Hemlock Mountain is not so sure he likes going alone, because there may be bears on the mountain, but with the help of the big iron pot he borrows, he completes his errand. 

Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 by Genevieve Foster 

1952 Medal Winner

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes YA NEWBERY Estes, E.

When the Pye family's puppy, Ginger, disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been adbucted by a stranger in a yellow hat.

Honor Books

Americans Before Columbus
by Elizabeth Baity 

Minn of the Mississippi by Holling, Holling C.

The adventures of a three-legged snapping turtle as she travels from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River illustrate the life cycle of the turtle and the geography, history, geology, and climate of the river. 

The Defender by Nicholas Kalashnikoff 

The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer j SAU 

Ronnie and his aunt take care of the lighthouse while the keeper is on vacation, and when he does not return as expected, they discover that Tern Rock is a perfect place to spend Christmas

The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff 

Told from the point of view of William Tell's son, Walter, the 1952 Newbery Honor book The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff recounts the 1291 Swiss struggle for freedom. Full-color and b&w illustrations highlight key points in the drama (including Tell aiming his bow and arrow at an apple atop Walter's head) as well as the breathtaking Swiss landscape.