Newbery Awards : How to Read Them All

The Newbery Awards have been given out annually since 1922. Along with medalist, often the Newbery committee nominates a number of honor books. Up to 2017, 409 books have received Newbery Honors. That’s a whole lot of books, like more than 1 a day amount of books. So, when we as a family set our sights on reading all of them, we thought we better get a plan together.

We came up with a three-year plan to help us get through them. My children are strong readers, as am I :>, but they also have many draws on their time. So, we are not planning to plow through them too quickly. We have decided to try to do a couple a week. Now, this might seem insane to fold in a couple books a week into our busy schedules. We began by doing all the books that are below grade level (for us 6 grade reading level and 3/5 grade interest level). We have checked out a couple copies and passed them around. Also, when doing errands we listen to one as an audiobook. 5 Weeks into the challenge and we have easily gotten through 11 Newbery books. Also, we had already read quite a number, so we only have about 300 books to complete. At this pace, it would take you 4 years or so if you are starting fresh.

Here is a checklist. Also, you can download Newbery by year or by Newbery by Grade Level

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Here is a handy cheatsheet for the grade level as well:

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