The Newbery Challenge

This summer Ri started reading books that received Newbery medal. The Newbery Medal is awarded to children’s book to encourage creative work and has been around since 1922. Some of the more popular books that won the title are The Tale of Despereaux, Shiloh, Bridge to Terabithia, etc.

At the end of each book, we discuss the reason why the book was chosen for the award. My only academic expectation is that she learns five words from each book, not necessarily new or jazzy or complex words, but simple words she could use in her school writing assignments.

The award winning books are unique in their own ways with respect to the author’s style of writing, subject and era. The book that received the award for 2010, titled When You Reach Me, weaves the science of time travel and relativity into the story line and the backdrop is New York in the late 1970s.

While the one that won the award in 1936, titled Caddie Woodlawn is about a pioneer girl who befriends the Native Indians during the 1860’s.

Ri’s favorite is Number the Stars, an gripping story, set in the Nazi occupied Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943.


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