Because of a conversation I had this week with my lovely and brilliant TA, I have been thinking about my favorite children's books. She was singing the praises of The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli which she had just finished reading aloud to her younger sister. Of course, I chimed in with the information that the book is one of my ALL TIME FAVES of children's literature.
I have a goal to own and read all of the Newbery Award Books. The award is given yearly to the 'best' children's literature book published that year. A complete list of the Award Books and the Honor Books from 1922 to present can be found HERE. I'm close to reaching my goal needing only twelve books to complete my set. Regularly, I will pull a volume from the bookshelf and read it although there are some books which I reread. Of course, everyone has her favorites.
And so I present to you a list of recommended kids' lit books, just in case you are thinking of purchasing books for a young person for Christmas or you are looking for excellent reading for yourself. These books include but are not limited to my favorites, for how can I choose THE BEST?
Some of Willow's favorite Newbery Award Winners
From oldest to newest:
1929. The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric P. Kelly
1933. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, Elizabeth Lewis
1950. The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli
1961. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
1972. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O'Brien
The Newbery Awards also include Newbery Honor Books, books chosen as 'also rans'. Some years, I have preferred the Honor Books to the story chosen for the Award. But that's just my personal preference.
Some fantastic Honor Books,
From newest to oldest:
1983. Homesick: My Own Story, Jean Fritz
1982. Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary
1980. The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl, David Kherdian
1965. Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt
1958. Gone-Away Lake, Elizabeth Enright
Another eight Newbery Honors books, because, you know, you just can't choose five:
1949. My Father's Dragon, Ruth S. Gannett
1947. The Avion My Uncle Flew, Cyrus Fisher, pseud. (Darwin L. Teilhet)
1944. These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder
1941. Blue Willow, Doris Gates
1941. The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder
1940. By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder
1938. On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder
1922. The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, Padraic Colum
Did you notice that FOUR of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books won Honors but never won an Award? Who doesn't know and love her tales of settling the West?
Are you familiar with any of these children's books? Which ones would you recommend to give as gifts this Christmas? I am linking this to Susanne's Friday Fave Five although I just couldn't limit myself to five.
Also, this is my #15 post of Thankfulness: I'm thankful for the abundance of great children's literature available for adults' and children's reading pleasure.