Saturday, March 29, 2008

Newberry Challenge

Newberry challenge

I am borrowing this directly from Nattie Writes. Even though it's an old challenge, it's a good one and others could join in if they want. Like Nattie, I've read more Newberry books than Pulitzers (though I've certainly read some of those, too.) I love young adult fiction (and I write it). It reminds me of curling up on my bed or out in the sun and reading the afternoon away. So here is the challenge...

1. Pick 6 books from the Newberry list. (Or if six is too many for your schedule, pick ONE). Try to pick Newberry books you have not yet read, if possible.
2. Comment here or email me that you are in the challenge and list to your blog if yr a blogger.
3. Post your picks on your blog (or email me).
4. add any comments you'd like.
5. There's no deadline--it's an ONGOING challenge. I'll have a link to it in the sidebar so you can find it later, under tags.
6. If you really want to challenge yourself, add 6 Pulitzer fictions you haven't read too. And while you are at it, how about 6 Pulitzer poetry books? Or even one?

I will have multiple posts on this topic, so they will all be tagged for easy retrieval.

Here are some I have already read, all of which I really liked (this is a partial list). I may reread some of these:

1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)

And, here are the first 6 that I have not read and am going to read. First I have to obtain them. This will be a long process.

2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children)
OK, so, if you want to play along, 1st tell me which 6 (or even ONE that you're going to read) and then come back with a comment about it when you finish. If yr a blogger, blog about it, if you have time.

I just finished reading Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransom, which I loved and intend to blog about it later. No time now. Currently reading MOBY DICK!!! It's amazingly better than I expected, I've been putting off reading it for a long time--40 years--because I thought it would be really boring, but it's not! It's good--so far.


BerryBird said...

I have been wanting to read The Midwife's Apprentice for quite some time. It was the 1996 winner. I don't have a copy, but I'll let you know how it turns out when I get around to reading it.

I believe you also read the 1999 award winner.

Eeep--gotta go start powering down--it's almost 8 pm.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I didn't pur up a link to the Pulitzers. I meant to but ran out of time.