This month for our Children’s Classics Carnival over at 5 Minutes for Books we’re focusing on Newbery Medal winners. In case you didn’t know, the Newbery Medal is given each year to the most distinguished children’ book for the previous year. You can see all the medalists since its inception in 1921 here. For the carnival, our managing editor Jennifer has asked us to recommend one (or more) of our favorite Newbery medalists.
One of my all time favorite books as a young girl was The Witch of Blackbird Pond, the 1959 Newbery medalist. In this story, Kit Tyler, a recently orphaned teenager, sails from Barbados to New England to live with her relatives in the colonial Connecticut. Unconventional and somewhat rebellious, Kit befriends a Quaker woman suspected to be a witch. Colonial politics, witch hunts, and romance made this the kind of novel I read over and over and over again. I may just have to pick it up once more, though the pages of my copy are yellowed and the binding bent.
Check out other Newbery recommendations (and lots of other good book reviews and stuff) at 5 Minutes for Books. Next month in our Children’s Classics Carnival we’ll be celebrating Caldecott winners, books honored for their illustrations.