Newbery Reading Challenge 2017

Julie at Smiling Shelves is hosting the Newbery Reading Challenge again next year. This will be my first time joining in, so I’m going to keep it simple and aim for the L’Engle level (15-29 points). Medal winners are worth 3 points each, honor books are 2 points each. Full details for this reading challenge can be found here if you’re interested in participating, and a complete list of Medal and Honor Books is listed on the ALA website. I’m hoping to gather up some possibilities for C, now that her independent reading has really taken off.


Books at the top of my list:

These will all be first-time reads for me. I know, I know, it’s a shame that I never even read A Wrinkle in Time. C and I did start listening to the audiobook a while back, but got distracted by another book after only the first chapter. I definitely want to get back to it! And Brown Girl Dreaming has been on my TBR list for far too long.


Have you read any of the books on my list? What are some of your favorite Newbery books?

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    After you read A Wrinkle in Time, you should read Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. It was the 2010 Newbery winner, and it was inspired by A Wrinkle in Time. It’s been one of my favorite Newbery reads so far in three years of hosting this challenge! 🙂

  • Darlene @ lost in literature

    I’ve only read Wrinkle from your list and I’ve read it a few times. I love it, so much literary goodness there. I taught a couple of summer literature classes on that one. So much to talk about. I’d love to read The Graveyard Book and Brown Girl Dreaming as well.

  • I love this challenge! I feel completely out of touch with middle grade books. Definitely one to consider for 2017! A Wrinkle in Time is such a great read!

  • Hibernators Library

    I read and enjoyed Graveyard Book, Kira-Kira, and Wrinkle in Time. This is a challenge I’d love to participate in, but I’m already challenged (overbooked) for the year.

  • Ooh, I might sign up for this challenge. One of my general goals for this year is to read more ‘classic’ middle grade, so this fits right in! You’ve got some good picks here. I’ve read the Graveyard Book and have a few others on my TBR.