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Newbery Awards 1930-1939

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Thimble Summer

Thimble Summer

1939
Garnet is sure a silver thimble she found by the river was full of magic because the whole summer on the farm in Wisconsin has been full of exciting adventures.

The White Stag

The White Stag

1938
Retells the legendary story of the Huns' and Magyars' long migration from Asia to Europe where they hope to find a permanent home.

Roller Skates

Roller Skates
Illustrated by Valenti Angelo

1937
The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the 1890's.

Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie Woodlawn

1936
Chronicles the adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

Dobry

Dobry
Illustrated by Atanas Katchamakoff

1935
A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women

Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women

1934
A biography of the noted nineteenth-century writer whose beloved novels drew on her own family life and experiences.

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

1933
Young Fu is an apprentice to Tang the coppersmith in the Chinese city of Chungking. Enduring life in the big city in the 1920s is rough, but Fu loves it. He learns the ways of the streets and has one adventure after another.

Waterless Mountain

Waterless Mountain

1932
Younger Brother, a Navaho Indian boy, undergoes eight years of training in the ancient religion of his people and the practical knowledge of material existence.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Illustrated by Lynd Ward

1931
A little cat comes to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brings him good fortune.

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop

1930
Hitty, a doll carved from mountain ash by a traveling peddler in 19th century Maine, has many adventures as she travels around the world with different owners.