Newbery Through the Decades : The 1950s

April has arrived and it is time to begin on selections from the 1950’s Newbery Medal winner and honor books. One of my daughters have been asking me for days what my selections will be and I just don’t know!

Two issues are at play. One, I am having a hard time selecting a book. Many of these books I have already read and would really like to read new to me books. Two, my library has failed me. Several of the Honor books are not available at my library. I have made inter-library loan requests and we shall see if any make it here before April is over!

My tentative plans for the 1950s:

The Wheel on the School is going to be our new read aloud. It is sitting on my shelf ready to join us this evening. I read it several years ago to my older children. I think it is past time to read it to my younger ones. It will also be fitting after reading The Lizard Garden, I think.

What will I read for my personal reading?  It is a race to see which book makes it to the holds shelf at the library first!  I have requested:

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man (Elizabeth Yates)
  • The Great Wheel (Robert Lawson)
  • Hurry Home, Candy (Meindert DeJong)
  • Rifles for Watie (Harold Keith)

If inter-library loan works at lightning speed, I might be reading one of these:


  • Black Fox of Lorne  (Marguerite de Angeli)
  • Banner In The Sky  (James Ullman)
  • All Alone  (Claire Huchet Bishop)
  • The Defender  (Nicholas Kalashnikoff)


There were several titles that I have read in the past to my children. Wonderful memories! Carry on, Mr. Bowditch!, Old Yeller, Charlotte’s Web, Ginger Pye and more.

What are you reading?

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