Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weekly Geeks: 2011-23 Literary Prizes

The weekly geeks topic this week is about book awards. I honestly don't care about awards for adult books, for contemporary "literature." But I definitely pay close attention to the children's book awards--many given by the American Library Association. And, for me, the Newbery is the BIG award of the year!

I've read 24 Newbery Winners and 49 Newbery Honor Books. Except for Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins, which won in 2006,  I've read each winner since 1997! And there are quite a few years I've read most (if not all) of the honor books (2011, all but one, the Dark Emperor being tricky to track down; 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007,  2006, two out of four; 2005, 2004.)

My favorite, favorite, favorite Newbery winner would probably be The Giver by Lois Lowry!!! It's the only one on the list that I've read four or five times! (Though some I've read twice!)

Which winners/honors are your favorites?

Here are the winners that I've read:

Moon Over Manifest (2011)
When You Reach Me (2010)
The Graveyard Book (2009)
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
Kira-Kira (2005)
The Tale of Despereaux (2004)
Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
A Single Shard (2002)
A Year Down Yonder (2001)
Bud, Not Buddy (2000)
Holes (1999)
Out of the Dust (1998)
The View From Saturday (1997)
The Giver (1994)
Number the Stars (1990)
Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1972)
A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961)
The Door in the Wall (1950)
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1947)
Adam of the Road (1943)
Hitty Her First Hundred Years (1930)

Here are the honors books that I've read:

Turtle in Paradise (2011)
Heart of a Samurai (2011)
One Crazy Summer (2011)
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2010)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2010)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2010)
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (2010)
The Underneath (2009)
The Surrender Tree (2009)
Savvy (2009)
After Tupac & D Foster (2009)
Elijah of Buxton (2008)
The Wednesday Wars (2008)
Feathers (2008)
Penny from Heaven (2007)
Hattie Big Sky (2007)
Rules (2007)
Princess Academy (2006)
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (2006)
Al Capone Does My Shirts (2005)
The Voice That Challenged a Nation (2005)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2005)
Olive's Ocean (2004)
An American Plague (2004)
The House of the Scorpion (2003)
Hope Was Here (2001)
Because of Winn Dixie (2001)
Our Only May Amelia (2000)
A Long Way From Chicago (1999)
Ella Enchanted (1998)
The Thief (1997)
What Jamie Saw (1996)
The Watsons Go To Birmingham: 1963 (1996)
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991)
The Sign of the Beaver (1984)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1982)
Ramona and Her Father (1978)
Frog and Toad Together (1973)
To Be A Slave (1969)
Charlotte's Web (1953)
My Father's Dragon (1949)
The Hundred Dresses (1945)
These Happy Golden Years (1944)
Little Town on the Prairie (1942)
The Long Winter (1941)
By the Shores of Silver Lake (1940)
Mr. Popper's Penguins (1939)
On The Banks of Plum Creek (1938)
Millions of Cats (1929)

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