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Newbery Awards 1980-1989

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

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Illustrated by Eric Beddows

1989
A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Lincoln: A Photobiography

1988
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy
Illustrated by Peter Sis

1987
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

1986
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

1985
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw

1984
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Dicey's Song

Dicey's Song

1983
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

1982
A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests who arrive at William Blake's inn.

Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved

1981
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32: a novel

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32: a novel

1980
The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.