As I’ve mentioned on this blog previously, I have a painfully long and gas-wasting commute. The only thing I’ve found that can make two  hours of driving per day even slightly less excruciatingly awful is the company of a good book. Thus, a traffic jam on I-95 has become the inspiration for  The Newbery Project, an ongoing project to listen to (or read, when the audiobook isn’t owned by the Jacksonville Public Library system) all 392  Newbery Medal Winner and Honor books. Right now I’m working my way through the 2000s — as you can see from the list below, even that’s no small task.

2013 Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan Winner  Read
2013 Schlitz,Laura Amy Splendors and Glooms Honor
2013 Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon Honor
2013 Turnage, Sheila Three Times Lucky Honor
2012 Gantos, Jack Dead End in Norvelt Winner  Read
2012 Lai, Thanhha Inside Out & Back Again Honor  Read
2012 Yelchin, Eugene Breaking Stalin’s Nose Honor  Read
2011 Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest Winner Read
2011 Holm,Jennifer Turtle in Paradise Honor Read 6/9/13
2011 Preus,Margi Heart of a Samurai Honor  Read 4/10/13
2011 Sidman,Joyce Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night Honor  Read 4/1/13
2011 Williams-Garcia,Rita One Crazy Summer Honor  Read 4/21/13
2010 Stead, Rebecca When you Reach Me Winner Read
2010 Hoose, Phillip Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Honor
2010 Kelly, Jacqueline The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Honor Read
2010 Lin, Grace Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Honor Audiobook 3/1/13
2010 Philbrick, Rodman The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Honor Read
2009 Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book Winner Read
2009 Kathi Appelt The Underneath Honor  Read 5/30/13
2009 Margarita Engle The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom Honor  Read 5/10/13
2009 Ingrid Law Savvy Honor Read
2009 Jacqueline Woodson After Tupac & D Foster Honor  Audiobook 4/11/13
2008 Schlitz,Laura Amy Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village Winner  
2008 Curtis,Christopher Paul Elijah of Buxton Honor
2008 Schmidt,Gary D. The Wednesday Wars Honor
2008 Woodson,Jacqueline Feathers Honor  Read 10/19/15
2007 Patron,Susan Higher Power of Lucky Winner  Audiobook 4/25/13
2007 Holm,Jennifer L. Penny from Heaven Honor  Audiobook 4/11/13
2007 Larson,Kirby Hattie Big Sky Honor  Audiobook 5/1/13
2007 Lord, Cynthia Rules Honor  Read 6/30/13
2006 Perkins, Lynn Rae Criss Cross Winner  Read
2006 Armstron, Alan Whittington Honor  Audiobook 8/25/15
2006 Bartoletti,Susan Campbell Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow Honor
2006 Hale, Shannon Princess Academy Honor
2006 Woodson,Jacqueline Show Way Honor  Read 10/18/15
2005 Kadohata,Cynthia Kira-Kira Winner  Audiobook
2005 Choldenko,Gennifer Al Capone Does My Shirts Honor
2005 Freedman,Russell Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights Honor
2005 Schmidt,Gary D. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Honor
2004 DiCamillo,Kate Tale of Despereaux Winner Audiobook – 3/15/13
2004 Henkes,Kevin Olive’s Ocean Honor
2004 Murphy,Jim American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Honor
2003 Avi Crispin: The Cross of Lead Winner  
2003 Farmer,Nancy The House of the Scorpion Honor
2003 Giff,Patricia Reilly Pictures of Hollis Woods Honor
2003 Hiaasen,Carl Hoot Honor Audiobook – 3/6/13
2003 Martin,Ann M. Corner of the Universe Honor
2003 Tolan,Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites Honor
2002 Park, Linda Sue Single Shard Winner  Audiobook 4/3/13
2002 Horvath,Polly Everything on a Waffle Honor  Read 9/15/15
2002 Nelson,Marilyn Carver: A Life In Poems Honor
2001 Peck,Richard Year Down Yonder Winner  
2001 Bauer,Joan Hope Was Here Honor
2001 DiCamillo,Kate Because of Winn-Dixie Honor  Read
2001 Gantos,Jack Joey Pigza Loses Control Honor
2001 Creech,Sharon Wanderer Honor
2000 Curtis,Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy Winner Read
2000 Couloumbis,Audrey Getting Near to Baby Honor
2000 Holm,Jennifer L. Our Only May Amelia Honor Read 3/18/13
2000 Paola,Tomie de 26 Fairmount Avenue Honor

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    • Its so hard to narrow them down! I loved Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and A Single Shard. I’m currently enjoying Rules, which has a special poignancy for me because I have a child of my own with a disability. Also, Turtle in Paradise, Savvy, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Hoot, Elijah of Buxton…I could go on and on — an that’s only including books from the 2000s! I’m really looking forward to finding new favorites from the earlier years too. How about you? Got any favorites?

  1. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is near the top of my to-read list. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll follow you and pair it with Single Shard — a lovely book. And Calpurnia Tate! Such a wonderful read. It may be time to read it again. I can’t stand how much there is out there that I haven’t fully tasted yet!

  2. When You Reach Me is my favorite on the list especially if you are a Wrinkle in Time. I really disliked Splendors and Glooms and cannot believe it was an honor book. I was shocked when I read it that is had been recognized. It is like really bad Dickens– completely dark and depressing but not great writing (in my opinion). Love your project idea. I am (informally) doing the same!

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